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The Core Curriculum

The de Bary Report, A "Core Curriculum"

Event Date: 
1988

Professor de Bary heads a committee charged with re-evaluating the curriculum. The committee applauds the structure, and calls for the establishment of a Standing Committee. The committee additional restates the importance of the pedagogical aims and distinctive features of the curriculum. Like reports before it, it comments on current and looming challenges, including faculty staffing. 

At the time, the phrase "General Education" still reigned. Initially intended to suggest an education for a "general" audience, the committee felt it now became an idea of general content that was not desirable. The better designation of "Core Curriculum" is proposed instead.  It sticks.