More than 200 colleges have added Tiger Academic Guidance courses to their courses for their 2019-20 academic year, according to the Education Department’s website.
The colleges will offer Tiger courses through the fall.
“Students who have the opportunity to earn their degree from an accredited university and enroll in a Tiger academic guidance program are a very valuable asset to our community,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement.
“Tiger programs offer an exceptional opportunity to fulfill your academic needs while gaining valuable life experience and earning high marks on your academic transcript.”
The Department of Education said the Tiger courses will be available through October.
The department said the courses will not include instruction on college credit or graduation requirements.
Tiger Academic Guidances offer students the opportunity for more than three hours of classroom instruction on topics such as leadership, career planning, leadership communication, leadership development, leadership preparation, leadership education, career development, career and personal growth, and professional development.
Students are required to have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and will be required to complete an academic essay and an interview.
The courses will cover topics such the role of the professor in advising students, the impact of diversity in the classroom, diversity in campus culture, and student body diversity.
“Tiger courses are designed to meet the needs of students in the most efficient and effective way possible, with students completing an individualized and customized course on their own time,” the department said.
“The majority of the Tiger program students will earn their bachelor’s degree, and some will also pursue graduate school and other career options.”
In a statement, the College Board said the schools that have added the courses include: Arizona State University, California State University (Berkeley), Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock College, Duke University, Georgetown University, Michigan State University-East Lansing, New York University, Penn State University/Newark, Rutgers University, Samford University, San Diego State University and Syracuse University.
“We believe that students who are encouraged to complete a Tiger program should not have to rely on a one-size-fits-all approach,” the statement said.
“A program like Tiger can help students take advantage of the vast range of career options available to them, and can also serve as an important stepping stone for a career path.
Our students should have access to programs like Tiger that will enable them to complete their college education at the best possible pace.”
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