On-Campus Events: Reevaluating General Education Requirements

This summer, Brandeis University announced that it would be reevaluating its general education requirements. An August 19 Hoot article noted that “[Dean of Arts and Science Susan] Birren said it has been over 20 years since Brandeis’ last ‘full assessment’” of the requirements, and a lot has happened in those 20 years. Most notably, Ford Hall and the current dialogue around the Black Lives Matter movement have spurred increasing consciousness about systemic racism on campus and the extent to which implicit biases are reflected in the general education requirements. Birren is working with survey data from students, staff, faculty and alumni to gauge the campus’ opinions on the requirements. With Harvard, Brown, and most recently Georgetown University making amends for their past and present biases, let’s hope that Brandeis can follow suit with a more socially just and inclusive general education curriculum.

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