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Meta Majors Launch at Skyline College

Wed, 15 August, 2018 at 11:07 am
This fall Skyline College has officially launched its four new Meta Majors. These Meta Majors are an important part of the comprehensive college redesign, which includes developing guided pathways and meta-majors, applying impactful changes that scale transformative teaching and learning, and expanding the Promise Scholars Program.
The four Meta Majors are:
  1. Arts, Languages & Communication
  2. Business, Entrepreneurship & Management
  3. Science, Technology & Health
  4. Society & Education

What is a Meta Major?
Meta Majors are an easy way for students to search for and find the major that’s right for them. As they work through this process, students will be exploring academic, career and personal interests.

  • Meta Majors organize all the degrees and certificates at Skyline College into four categories.
  • These categories, or Meta Majors, provide a starting point for students who don’t know what they want to study to find a major that’s right for them.
  • These categories allow students to use their interests as guides when selecting a major.

How will students interact with Meta Majors?
Students will encounter the Meta Majors at various parts of the enrollment process, including orientation, working with their counselor, and browsing for a major online. 
Students will be able to narrow down their degree search by selecting a Meta Major first, then selecting an area of interest within their Meta Major, and finally selecting a specific individual major.
Counselors will also use the Meta Major website to work with students to help them select a major. 
Once a student chooses their specific major, they will use their guided pathways to complete the degree requirements of that degree or certificate.
How did this work get completed?

The Meta Majors are launching after extensive user testing, inquiry and hard work by faculty and staff. This work is designed to help improve the graduation rate, which hovers at about 14% for first time, full-time students over 3 years, and varies greatly across different student populations – meta majors are intended to raise this statistic by streamlining major selection.

Over the last two years, the Design Team has facilitated workshops, flex day activities, campus forums, campus-wide division meetings, work team meetings, and student focus groups that have laid the foundation for the Meta Major work.