College IV opened in 1973 and was renamed in 1978 to Kirkhoff College following a generous gift from Russell H. Kirkhof. It was the fourth "cluster" college promoting experimental education by offering a self-directed, self-paced curriculum of modules, units of study or blocks of material that broke courses into conceptual chunks. Booklets instructed students on how to master those chunks, and then tested them when they were ready to earn the half-credit each module carried. Faculty was available for tutorials, coaching and consulting when needed. It had the most extensive mathematics curriculum of any of the cluster colleges. College IV was discontinued during a reorganization in 1983.
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Dean's administrative and curriculum files. College IV. Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries. https://gvsu.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/2/resources/83 Accessed November 18, 2017.