President's Annual Report
Pursuant to the Strategic Plan, last year the faculty initiated a targeted curriculum review that is focused on developing recommendations to strengthen CMC's distinctive academic program. The curriculum review has so far addressed the following issues:
- Strengthening science and math requirements as soon as the Joint Science Department has adequate staffing to support an expanded curriculum;
- Developing recommendations to improve the effectiveness of CMC's general education requirements and majors system;
- Developing recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the senior thesis; and
- Implementing standards for information technology "fluency" to ensure that every CMC graduate has broad computer competence.
Beyond these planning efforts, our faculty continually strives to develop their course offerings and advance the mission of the College. Two of many examples include:
- Professor Robert Faggen's Gould Center seminar course on the role of public intellectuals in American society. Guest speakers included Paul Krassner, firebrand counter cultural satirist; Herbert F. York, nuclear physicist and founder of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory; and Louis Menand, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Metaphysical Club.
- An excellent speaker series from P. Edward Haley, the W.M. Keck Foundation Chair of International Strategic Studies, complementing his seminar course on The United States, Israel, and the Arabs. Speakers included Kanan Makiya, Iraqi opposition leader; Meron Benvenisti, former mayor of Jerusalem; William Quandt, vice provost, the University of Virginia; and Lee Hamilton, a 34-year leader in Congress and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.