UT Dallas has been on our short list for dd to apply to next year because of their great merit aid, despite a few "cons". This fall they are implementing a new requirement for all incoming students: a six-week group project in which they are assigned to a team of eight students from each of the university's eight schools.
They are to research an assigned issue, decide on roles for each team member, propose a solution, and then each individual has to submit a video pitch to a potential investor or review board. (The wording is unclear as to whether they actually have to send the video to an investor or only to the college.)
Some of the projects were given a start date of 2 1/2 weeks before the first day of classes.
At the end of the semester the students vote and the five best projects present their research in the spring.
The project will not be graded but is required for graduation. In fact, they have to do it again junior year to "apply the skills they have acquired while at UT Dallas."
What do you all think of this requirement?