Bass Connections to combine Duke education with real-world experiences
January 28, 2013
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass recently launched the Bass Connections initiative at Duke University with a $50 million gift to give undergraduate and graduate students a more well-rounded education. The program helps students and faculty develop innovative approaches that can address major societal issues through greater collaboration of experts and researchers across disciplines.
Faculty members hope to answer tough questions, such as: What are the best ways to encourage people in developing nations to use cooking stoves that can conserve wood? What are behavioral indicators in young children that correlate to high school dropout rates in high school?
To answer these questions, the Bass Connections program will allow students to explore their interests across fields. An undergraduate pursuing studies in economics and energy use might first take classes about energy policy, then do a summer internship in a research environment, live in Duke's Smart House and then create a senior seminar that investigates "fracking."
"Bass Connections will enrich the education of students in traditional programs and create new problem-focused educational pathways for interdisciplinary scholars," said Provost Peter Lange, the university's chief academic officer. "We expect to create new joint master's degree programs, concentrations within existing professional degree programs and special doctoral tracks.
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