Harvard’s elite liberal arts college, Harvard, is taking its liberal arts students out of the classroom.
In a memo obtained by The American Conservatives, the school announced that the program was being eliminated from the curriculum at Harvard’s flagship campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the coming months.
The decision to scrap the liberal arts program came after an internal review and “due to the high cost of the program,” according to the memo.
“This was not a decision that was taken lightly, but was one that was made to preserve the quality of our programs,” the memo reads.
“The program has been successful in providing a foundation for our graduates, and Harvard is a good place to teach and grow.”
The school’s liberal arts programs have long been a hotbed of controversy, with students of color, poor students, and women voicing concerns about the quality and impact of their classes.
Last fall, Harvard President Drew Faust said that the school would “reduce our focus” on the liberal-arts curriculum and instead focus on “creative, rigorous and rigorous-minded” classes, like “the creative arts.”
In December, a group of students launched a petition to get the program back.
“We’re not leaving here just for the sake of the money,” one of the students, Alexa Epps, told The American Council on Education.
“It’s about the curriculum, and I think that’s really important.”
Epps told the group that the “curriculum is the backbone of the university, and we need it to stay strong.
If we don’t have a curriculum, we’re not going to be able to create an environment where students are going to feel comfortable and comfortable.”
Harvard’s students are required to complete a two-year program of “creativity-based learning” to gain admission to the university.
The program requires students to focus on a specific subject matter.
For instance, in addition to pursuing an artistic interest, students must be able “to understand and express their own artistic vision,” and “be confident in their ability to achieve creative ends.”
This year, Harvard students will be required to write an essay on a topic like the environment, or their creative writing must include an example of an environmental problem, and a final piece must be “taken from the environment.”
According to the school, this year’s curriculum will be updated to reflect the “new challenges and opportunities of the digital age,” but will not include any changes to the core curriculum, which will be replaced by an updated course in creative writing.
In 2015, students of all backgrounds were excluded from the liberal education.
However, this new effort will continue to exclude students who are students of colour and low-income students.
The new curriculum, however, will not be a complete overhaul of the liberal educational curriculum.
Instead, the curriculum will focus on an alternative “creatives-based” program called the Creative Engineering Program.
This program, which is currently in its third year, will focus more on creating innovative ways to teach creative work, but will still include a curriculum that is “focused on the creative arts,” according the memo, noting that the current curriculum “does not include creative work” but “creatures” that “are engaged in a particular kind of creative work.”
“The Creative Engineering program has proven to be a great addition to the curriculum that we’ve established at Harvard,” Harvard President Mary Robinson said in a statement to The American Counselor.
“As an institution that prides itself on diversity, we are committed to continuing to teach students and students of diverse backgrounds how to thrive in the 21st century world.
We hope that these changes to our curriculum will enable students to be successful and be able achieve their fullest potential as creative learners.”
This comes as other elite liberal-schools have been making similar moves in the past year.
Last year, the University of California, Berkeley, eliminated the liberal studies program at the university and made the humanities program available only to those who are enrolled in undergraduate degree programs.
“At the University we have a very strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and inclusionary pedagogy,” Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ said at the time.
The school also announced that it will be moving away from the traditional academic calendar in the fall. “
For the next year, we’ll be bringing in students who have chosen to focus their education on the humanities, on arts and culture, on the arts and technology, and on the social sciences,” Christ added.
The school also announced that it will be moving away from the traditional academic calendar in the fall.
“In the fall of 2019, the new academic year, Berkeley will begin the process of creating a new academic calendar,” the school said in the statement.
“Based on the success of the 2018-2019 academic year and the continued success of our students and faculty, we will move ahead with the transition of our academic calendar to a more collaborative approach.”
In April, a report by the Center for American Progress,