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Ad Hoc Committee on Degree Requirements


The ad hoc Committee on Degree Requirements was appointed by Dean Adrian Randolph to conduct a comprehensive review of Weinberg College’s degree requirements and recommend revisions that will best serve the needs and interests of our students.

Key Documents

Timeline of Committee Activity




Fall 2017

CDR Final Report

Final report of the Weinberg College ad hoc Committee for Degree Requirements, submitted to Dean Adrian Randolph on September 25, 2017

Winter and Spring 2017

Interim report:
Slides for Printing


List of Meetings

Summary of responses to the interim report

The CDR met with groups of faculty in the college (organized approximately along department and program lines) to share a preliminary statement of our vision and first draft of our recommendations. These department/program meetings involved a prepared presentation of about 20 minutes by a designated CDR member, followed by an open discussion.

Summary of concerns, notes, clarifications, and suggestions for revision to the interim report:

  • in no particular order,
  • not weighted by frequency or strength of response, and
  • excluding general expressions of gratitude, support, or disdain.

Fall 2016

The fall quarter was devoted to developing an interim report and preparing for presentation of the first draft of our proposals to colleagues across the college.

Summer 2016

The sub-groups continued their discussions and began to articulate recommendations.  On September 8, 2016, the full committee came together for a day-long meeting at the Chicago Botanic Garden to discuss and synthesize the outcomes of the sub-group deliberations.

Spring 2016

Notes from CDR Meeting 3

The CDR divided into three sub-groups, each charged with reviewing and recommending changes to one of the three major components of the current Weinberg degree requirements: (1) the writing requirement, (2) the foreign language requirement, and (3) the distribution requirements. The sub-groups met regularly and conducted interviews with colleagues who play key roles in the current curriculum. 

Winter 2016

Notes from CDR Meeting 2

Notes from CDR Meeting 1

Early meetings included discussion of:

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