Suzanne Shanahan comments on Duke’s new core curriculum plans

SuzanneAn article for Inside Higher Ed addresses the relevance of general education requirements in higher ed by looking at two major efforts to thoughtfully re-imagine core curriculum at Harvard University and at Duke University. The Duke committee is led by Kenan Institute for Ethics co-director Suzanne Shanahan.

Duke’s redesigned curriculum “needs to embrace the challenges of this new ecology creatively and deliberatively,” it continues. Graduates “still need to be ethically responsible, able to engage multiple languages and logics, be theoretically versatile, able to mount sophisticated arguments and able to deploy appropriate data and evidence. But how we cultivate this sensibility, these perspectives and capabilities needs rethinking at Duke and beyond. Our students need more than ever to be challenged and empowered to be intellectually and personally creative, agile and resilient.”