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No question about it: Sept. 4, 2013 is an historic day at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

As classes begin for the 2013-14 academic year, the state’s third-largest institution is launching the new University Studies Program (USP), a transformation of general education that, several years in the making, is ready to go.

The USP has garnered attention and praise from higher education leaders and other colleges and universities around the United States.

Here, UW Oshkosh Professor of Philosophy and University Honors Program Director Laurence Carlin addresses hundreds of new, first-year students during Odyssey orientation on Sept. 2., urging them to make uncomfortable choices in their educational journeys and make the most of the “Quests” that are fundamental components of the landmark general education program…

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