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November 25, 2020 Wednesday 12:11:35 PM IST

Faculty alter new first-year requirement because of continuing Covid-19

Education Information

The Steering Committee, acting on behalf of the Senate of the Academic Council, voted this month to approve a one-year delay in the implementation of the two-course Civic, Liberal and Global Education (CLGE) requirement for first-year students. It will instead, be a one-course requirement.The delay, which was approved during an administrative session, was requested by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Stanford Introductory Studies because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic disruptions.

The action delays a measure approved in May 2020 that would have required first-year students to take two courses – each course in two separate quarters – in the CLGE requirement as part of a pilot project. The two-course requirement will instead go into effect in AY 2022-23. That new requirement is designed to provide a unifying intellectual experience that respects the diversity of the Stanford student body through inclusive curriculum and teaching; establish a foundation and capacity for exploration of the full range of academic disciplines and opportunities offered to undergraduates; and develop the critical and ethical thinking skills and knowledge base for responsible local, national and global citizenship.

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