University in China holds lottery to determine students' majors
At many institutions of higher learning, some majors are much more popular than others, so a school in China instituted a rather unique way of resolving this issue.
Second-year students at the University of South China's Department of Civil Engineering recently drew from a lottery to determine which of the program's 7 specializations they would be pursuing.
The only students exempt were the 190 students who scored highest on an exam taken at the end of the first year.
They are permitted to follow the academic paths of their choosing.
Those who did participate in the lottery will have an opportunity to change their majors once the year ends, provided their grades put them in the department's top 10%.
Swapping with others is also permitted.
The university's move has sparked quite a bit of controversy, with some calling the approach lazy management.
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