ERIC Number: ED032827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Freedom to Learn: A New Curriculum for Brown and Pembroke.
Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
In the spring of 1969, Brown University adopted a new, flexible and progressive undergraduate curriculum. The movement for curricular reform began in late 1966 when a group of Brown students headed by Ira Magaziner, '69, formed a Group Independent Studies Project to examine undergraduate education at Brown. The Group released a 450-page report 15 months later on shortcomings of US higher education with specific recommendations for curricular reform at Brown. While a Special Committee examined the report, campus-wide discussions were held on its principles and proposals. After the Committee issued its INTERIM REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS, the faculty debated the report for 3 days and on May 8, 1969, approved the new curriculum. An underlying assumption of the new curriculum is that education must be judged by its effect on the intellectual, aesthetic and moral growth of the student. Only the student can evaluate the extent to which his education satisfies these needs for personal development, so he must be willing and be permitted to assume responsibility, in major part, for the direction of his own education. New seminar courses and extensive counseling procedures should increase and improve collaboration between students and teachers. "Modes of Thought" courses replace traditional freshman offerings; distribution requirements are eliminated; individual concentration programs are stressed; and grading will be on an "A B C " or "Satisfactory" basis. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
Identifiers: Brown University RI