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PopWrapped | Current Events

Syracuse University Adopting Hogwarts-Style Housing System To Motivate Students

Joe Callon | PopWrapped Author

Joe Callon

Updated 09/14/2014 5:10pm
Syracuse University Adopting Hogwarts-Style Housing System To Motivate Students | Syracuse University
Media Courtesy of Syracuse University
 
Syracuse University Courtesy of Syracuse University
Syracuse University in New York has revealed that it will be turning to inspiration from the Harry Potter franchise in order to help motivate business students. It will be creating four 'houses' with their own unique flag and turning faculty advisors into housemasters. Points will be awarded for students who go above and beyond, including achieving above their expected grades, and attending extra classes. At the end of the year, in exact Harry Potter style, the house with the most accumulative points will win a ceremonial cup, and have a celebratory feast. The program will begin with this year's freshmen, of which there are about 400 students. The main idea behind creating this Hogwarts style system is that students will be exposed to gamification. This means that work which is usually seen as extra difficult or challenging, will be made fun using the phone app created by the university, as well as the website dedicated to the program. While not officially themed after Harry Potter, it is clear to see where the influences come from in this new 'Goodman IMPRESS' program. According to the university's website, the reaction from students regarding the new housing system has been 'overwhelmingly positive'. So what do you think? Would you love to be sorted into a house and pitted against other students? Let us know!

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