Documents on the State of the Program

23 May, 2015

Dear Integral Reader:

The accompanying three documents give a (substantially) complete record of present difficulties with certain faculty committees—the Academic Senate and the Core Curriculum Committee—and with the College administration, which threaten, in the unanimous view of the Program’s tutors, Integral’s ability to continue in its long-standing role as an alternative liberal arts curriculum, devoted entirely to the great books.

These difficulties have developed in four broad phases.

(I) May, 2012 – May, 2013: failed negotiations with the College’s Core Curriculum Committee, in the course of which the Committee asserted authority over broad parts of the Integral Curriculum, and sought to conform the Program to the model of a “major” under the Core Curriculum.

(II) September, 2013 – May, 2014: the Program’s Response to the Core Curriculum Committee.

(III) an appeal to the Academic Senate, which, on May 22, 2014, in Senate Resolution S-13/14-46, voted 8 aye – 0 nay – 1 abstaining to sustain the Program’s appeal.

(IV) September, 2014 – present: the College’s Provost disallowed the operative parts of S-13/14-46 on September 17, 2014, and over the subsequent months, the Program has sought to have the Senate revisit the issue under terms set by the Provost; the Senate has so far failed to act.

The three accompanying documents set out the Program’s actions in each phase.

The three documents are:

(1) Covering phases (I) – (II)
 
 
This document is fundamental to the Program’s position. It consists in an historical overview and a presentation of the Program’s case (29pp.), followed by eight Appendices (I – VIII), which document the case.

(2) Covering phase (III)
 
 
This is the Program’s appeal to the Senate, and contains the resolution adopted as S-13/14-46.

(3) Covering phase (IV)
 
 
This is a statement read into the record of the April 29, 2015 Meeting of the Academic Senate by the Program’s Director (who is also an elected Senator at Large). It details the failure the Senate to come to terms with the Provost’s “veto” of S-13/14-46.

I am at any reader’s service to answer questions or provide further information.

S. A. Cortright, ‘75

Director, Integral Curriculum of Liberal Arts

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Documents on the State of the Program

Dear Integral Reader:

At the link below you may find documentation giving a (substantially) complete record of present difficulties with certain faculty committees—the Academic Senate and the Core Curriculum Committee—and with the College administration, which threaten, in the unanimous view of the Program’s tutors, Integral’s ability to continue in its long-standing role as an alternative liberal arts curriculum, devoted entirely to the great books.

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