Establish New Academic Programs and Enhance Existing Ones that Foster Learning, Engagement and Character

Rationale

We prepare students for a future that requires more engagement with and connection to the world around them, as part of their education. Working within an established curriculum that takes advantage of traditional liberal arts, innovative interdisciplinary programs, and highly ranked professional programs, we need to continually examine, evaluate and embrace pedagogies that recognize different patterns of student learning. Students must graduate not only with simple mastery of subject matter, but habits of analysis and continued learning that position them well for careers and postgraduate studies in an increasingly competitive environment. We must recognize the increasing importance of education outside the classroom through co-curricular and extra-curricular, especially education for living in a diverse society.

Initiatives

  • Launch new undergraduate curricular initiatives to enrich learning environment:
    • Freshman Seminar Program.
    • Interdisciplinary Program: strengthen programs in African-American Studies, Women's Studies, East Asian Studies; strengthen offerings in Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, International Studies, Law and Commerce, and Corporate Governance.
  • Become leaders in the national debate over how best to prepare law students for the practice of law:
    • Establish third-year curricular initiative ("Bridge to the Profession")
    • Strengthen Transnational Law Institute.
    • Enrich clinical offerings.
    • Collaborate with undergraduate programs; e.g., Law and the Environment, Poverty Law.
  • Enhance existing programs through endowment:
    • Environmental Studies, Poverty and Human Capability, Washington Term Program, New York Internship Program, Week on Wall Street, Information Fluency Program, College and Williams School Writing Programs, Peer Technology  Instruction, Williams Investment  Society, Student Consulting Program,  Law and History.
  • Globalization of the curriculum to prepare  students for the 21st century:
    • Attract permanent and visiting international  scholars.
    • Increase international student population.
    • Introduce more courses related to globalization.
    • Provide resources for faculty development in global issues.
    • Establish additional exchange programs with international institutions.
    • Increase international internship opportunities for students.
    • Facilitate cross-cultural experience for each student.
    • Strengthen International Studies program.
  • Enhance leadership and ethics programming:
    • Shepherd Program enhancements.
    • Professionalism initiative in School of  Law.
    • Recruiting goals for need-based aid.
  • Endow annual student research symposium: Science, Society and the Arts.
  • Foster modern student engagement pedagogy through endowment of a student-faculty collaborative research fund