Guide to the Stanford University, President's Office, Commission on Undergraduate Education, Records

Franz Kunst
Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
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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:
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
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Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

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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--Administration.
Stanford University--Curricula.
Universities and colleges--Planning.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

published report and SUNS press release 1994-10

Box 1

Lowell Price's Binders with Notes Vol. 1. Meetings From 10/10/93 - 12/10/93 1993

Box 1

Lowell Price's Binders with Notes Vol. 2. Meetings From 12/3/93 - 4/19/94 1993-1994

Box 1

Lowell Price's Binders with Notes Vol. 3. Meetings From 4/25/94 - 6/4/94 1994

Box 1, Folder 8

Committee on Undergraduate Education Annual Reports 1980-1992

Box 1, Folder 9

James Irvine Foundation. Expenditure Statements 10/93 - 12/94 1993-1994

Box 1

James Irvine Foundation. Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 12

James Irvine Foundation. Grant Report 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 13

James Irvine Foundation. Commission Budget 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 14

James Irvine Foundation. Charge

Box 1, Folder 15

James Irvine Foundation. Commissioners

Box 1, Folder 16

James Irvine Foundation. Commission Notes

Box 1, Folder 17

James Irvine Foundation. James Sheehan

Box 2, Folder 1

Firing Line: Liberal Education [4 Part Series] 1993-06-11

Box 2

Surveys 1990, 1992

Box 2, Folder 4

Gerhard Casper Alumni Letter 1993-06-09

Box 2, Folder 5

Mary Jane Reese To Do Items

Box 2, Folder 6

Jim Sheehan

Box 2, Folder 7


Box 2, Folder 8


Box 2, Folder 9


Box 2, Folder 10

Mary Jane Reese's Notes and Information

Box 2, Folder 11

Jim Sheehan

Box 2, Folder 12

Alumni Interest

Box 2, Folder 13

Board of Trustees Retreat 1993-10-10

Box 2, Folder 14

Commission Retreat 1993-10-16

Box 2, Folder 15

Bruce Johnson, SUNY

Box 2, Folder 16

CPPC Employer Questionnaire

Box 2, Folder 17

Fred Starr, Oberlin

Box 2, Folder 18

Academic Senate

Box 2, Folder 19

Committee on Committees

Box 2, Folder 20


Box 2, Folder 21


Box 2, Folder 22

Commission Research Team

Box 2, Folder 23

Faculty Senate 1994-01-20

Box 2, Folder 24


Box 2, Folder 25

Grant Money to Registrars

Box 2, Folder 26

Summary of Alumni Responses to 6/9/93 Letter 1993-08-19

Box 2, Folder 27

Interdisciplinary Programs

Box 2, Folder 28

American, Latin American Studies 1993

Box 2, Folder 29

Comparative Literature/Modern Thought

Box 2, Folder 30

Languages/Linguistics 1992-1993

Box 2, Folder 31

Music/Art 1992-1993

Box 2, Folder 32

East Asian Studies

Box 2, Folder 33

Anthropology 1993

Box 2, Folder 34

Food Research Institute 1991

Box 2, Folder 35

Political Science/International Relations

Box 2, Folder 36

Psychology 1993

Box 2, Folder 37

Political Science 1993-1994

Box 2, Folder 38

Biological Sciences 1993-1994

Box 2, Folder 39

Computer Science, Math, Computational Science, AStatistics, Operations Research, Symbolic Systems 1992-1993

Box 2, Folder 40

Earth Sciences

Box 2, Folder 41

Student Resources 1993

Box 2, Folder 42

Center For Teaching and Learning

Box 2, Folder 43

Overseas Studies 1993-1994

Box 2, Folder 44

Continuing Studies/Summer Session 1993

Box 2, Folder 45

Graduate School of Education

Box 2, Folder 46

Graduate School of Law 1994

Box 2, Folder 47

Graduate School of Medicine 1992-1993

Box 2, Folder 48

Graduate School of Business 1993-1994

Box 2, Folder 49

Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford: Student Advisory Group on Undergraduate Education Report to Commission 1993-1994

Box 2, Folder 50

Student Telephone Survey by ASSU 1994-04-14

Box 2, Folder 51

Various Reports and Articles

Box 2, Folder 52

Transcripts 1994

Box 2, Folder 53

Drexel Information 1993

Box 2, Folder 54

Yale Programs of Study 1993-1994

Box 2, Folder 55

Commission Final Report [draft] 1994-07-25

Box 2, Folder 56

Appendix 3: Data

Box 2, Folder 57

Various Booklets and Pamphlets

Box 3

Newspaper Articles 2/1993- 6/1994 1993-1994

Box 3, Folder 8

Report Printing

Box 3, Folder 9

Dinner 1994-10

Box 3, Folder 10

Outside Inquiries

Box 3, Folder 11

Background Reading

Box 3, Folder 12


Box 3, Folder 13

Research for The Commission

Box 3, Folder 14


Box 3, Folder 15


Box 3, Folder 16

Current 1993-1994

Box 3, Folder 17

Commission Letters - Samples

Box 3, Folder 18

Chron File

Box 3, Folder 19


Box 3, Folder 20

Various Curriculums

Box 3, Folder 21


Box 3

Correspondence: Alphabetical

Box 3

James J. Sheehan Correspondence: Alphabetical

Box 3, Folder 28

Chron File 12/15-93 - 6/15/94 1993-1994

Box 4

Alumni Comments

Box 4, Folder 4

News Clippings 1/26/93 - 6/29/94 1993-1994

Box 4, Folder 5

Breadth Requirements Subcommittee

Box 4

Survey to Freshman and Sophomore's Faculty Advisors

Box 4, Folder 8

Advising Questionaires to Students (93-94) - Memo From Todd Benson with Survey 10/23/94 1993-1994

Box 4

Report of Subcommittee on Academic Environment Part 1: General Advising 1994-05-02