The American Higher Education System has been employed around the world at some of the best, and most successful institutions of higher education.
The principal advantages of the “American System” are as follows:
Lower risk of academic failure. Since young people seldom know with 100% certainty what they want to be doing ten years from now, students are not required to be locked into an area of study when they are 16. In fact, students are not even required to definitively choose upon entry. Students are encouraged to choose a focus, but certainly not penalized should they change their mind during the first two years of their studies, which mostly involve general education requirements in the first place. By year three, students are required to make a decision, but then again, students in year three are typically at least 20-years-old.
It is very easy to change degrees because the general courses that are required in all majors offered here at CIS remain consistent whether a student is studying business, or journalism. Likewise, should a student change from business to journalism, the business courses satisfy the free electives included in general coursework. This is the most flexible system in the world because we believe young students need the time and the freedom to discover who they are instead of being locked into something they could one day regret.
The credit system remains consistent among all American colleges and universities around the world, so transferring is also relatively simple.
Students organize and design their own course schedule.
It is based more on the practical application of concepts than the actual theory. We profoundly believe that students better learn by doing what they are studying than by simply memorising information about what they are studying.
There are weekly assignments, so studying is done daily as opposed to cramming at the end of semester for exams. Developing study skills in such a way tends to become a lifelong asset.
Continuous evaluation favors consistency and encourages students to do their best even if they perform worse-than-expected on an exam or project since they have a multitude of opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge.
Students are motivated by many short term goals, as well as by being responsible for their own study schedule.