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Meeting Documents and Notes

Date Documents
Winter 2017

Winter 2017 Slides for Printing

Winter 2017 Draft Narrative

Over the course of the winter quarter, the CDR will meet 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 will involve a prepared presentation of about 20 minutes by a designated CDR member, followed by an open discussion during which we hope to hear initial reactions, questions, and concerns as we continue to refine and revise the proposals.
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.
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.
Summer 2016 The sub-groups continued their discussions and began to articulate recommendations.
Spring 2016 The CDR sub-groups, each charged with reviewing and recommending changes to one of the three major components of the current Weinberg degree requirements (the writing requirement, the foreign language requirement, and the distribution requirements), met regularly and conducted interviews with colleagues who play key roles in the current curriculum. 
April 5, 2016 CDR Meeting 3 Includes initial division of the committee into sub-groups to review the current Weinberg degree requirements.
March 11, 2016 CDR Meeting 2 Includes notes for discussion of current Weinberg degree requirements in the context of broad trends in higher education in the USA and at Northwestern. Also includes examples from four other institutions (Carleton, Duke, Washington University, and Harvard).
February 29, 2016 CDR Meeting 1 Includes brief notes on general education systems (i.e. core versus distribution systems) as portrayed by Louis Menand, in The Marketplace of Ideas, Chapter 1.
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