In another move that strays from the traditional hierarchical and siloed traditions of colleges and universities, a number of recent initiatives at some of the country’s most prestigious institutions and higher education organizations are focusing on the buzzword “holistic.”

A simple dictionary reference defines the adjective holistic as “characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.” In other words, a cohesion of individual parts working together. And, according to recent news reports, this cohesion of departments, teaching practices and admissions requirements is growing in popularity for this year and beyond.

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Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.