Office of the Dean
Valerie S. Ashby, Ph.D., Dean of Trinity College

Briefing: Update on the New Curriculum work

May 8, 2017

Dear Colleagues:
 
Over the past two months, the Imagining the Duke Curriculum Committee held many conversations on a proposed new curriculum with the Arts & Sciences Council, chairs, directors of undergraduate studies, and faculty. In addition, we had an engaged discussion at the April Arts & Sciences Council meeting with significant faculty participation. As a result of these discussions and the need to continue a robust conversation on the curriculum, the IDC committee has asked that the Blueprint proposal be withdrawn from consideration.
 
We want to thank the committee for its work over the last three years. This team has carefully examined curricular structures at peer institutions and higher education, conducted research into high impact pedagogical innovation, investigated course-taking patterns at Duke, and met countless times with individuals and groups. We are the beneficiaries of this work moving forward.
 
We are now discussing next steps in this process. To begin, we anticipate a series of fall retreats with chairs, the DUS Board, ECASC, and other stakeholders, as well as a variety of town hall meetings for faculty and departments across divisions.
 
We will be updating you more about the process over the summer.
 
We look forward to continuing this conversation so that it reflects the values of our faculty, the best interests of our students, and the aspirations of our institution.
 
Sincerely,
 
Valerie S. Ashby
Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
 
Sherryl Broverman
Interim Chair, Arts & Sciences Council
Associate Professor of the Practice of Biology