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Guide to the Stanford University, President's Office, Commission on Undergraduate Education, Records
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC1150
    Creator: Stanford University. Office of the President
    Title: Stanford University, President's Office, Commission on Undergraduate Education, records
    Dates: 1980-1994
    Bulk Dates: 1993-1994
    Physical Description: 4 linear feet (4 boxes)
    Summary: The Commission on Undergraduate Education at Stanford University was established to address fundamental issues pertaining to the undergraduate curriculum and related programs and services at Stanford. The Commision's report was released in October 1994.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/spc.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

    Information about Access

    Restricted until 2021. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [identification of item], Stanford University, President's Office, Commission on Undergraduate Education, Records (SC1150). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Contents

    The Commission on Undergraduate Education (abbreviated internally as CUE) was established to address fundamental issues pertaining to the undergraduate curriculum and related programs and services at Stanford. Over a nine month period in 1993 and 1994, the commission sought input about the university’s degree requirements, major programs, advising system, residential education, academic calendar and use of technology in teaching and learning.
    The Commission was comprised of fourteen faculty members, two students, two alumni, and the Vice-Provost for Institutional Planning, and was chaired by History Professor James Sheehan. Lowell Price, Senior Associate Provost for University Governance, and Administrative Assistant Mary Jane Reese performed staff duties.
    The Commission’s goal was to clarify the goals of a Stanford undergraduate education and to recommend ways to insure that these programs were appropriate and effective in support of those goals. They were encouraged to pursue the broadest possible range of issues touching undergraduate education, including the curriculum, teaching practices, advising and other extra-curricular aspects of the college experience at Stanford. Within this comprehensive scope, however, the Commission was specifically charged with the following responsibilities:
    -to articulate the educational goals of Stanford’s educational program to consider whether the curriculum, including the range of undergraduate degrees, majors, and distribution requirements adequately and effectively meets the needs of students
    -to consider whether it is possible and desirable to give more students the opportunity to graduate in less than four years
    -to consider the special educational requirements of students in the engineering and science disciplines
    -to consider whether various modalities of teaching are used effectively, including individual tutorials, seminars and research projects, and to consider ways of instruction made possible by computers, video equipment and other forms of new technology
    -to review the purposes and quality of ancillary services such as the undergraduate advising system and the residential education program
    The Commission was asked to report its findings and make recommendations by October 1, 1994. In its final report, the commission recommended developing a new science course for non-science majors, strengthening Stanford’s writing and language requirements, redefining the Cultures, Ideas and Values courses, strengthening the advisor system, and enhancing the role of teaching in faculty selection and compensation. The commission also suggested creating a post of vice provost for undergraduate education. Their report represented the most extensive review of undergraduate education since the 1968 Study of Education at Stanford.
    The preceding was adapted from the Commission’s Charge and Summary as published in its 1994 report, and a 10/12/1994 Stanford New Service press release about the report’s findings.

    Access Terms

    Stanford University. Office of the President
    Education, Higher--Aims and objectives--California
    Stanford University--Curricula.
    Stanford University. Administration.
    Universities and colleges--Planning.