Dear Integral Reader:
The accompanying three documents give a (substantially) complete record of present difficulties with certain faculty committees—the Academic Senate and the Core Curriculum Committee—and with the College administration, which threaten, in the unanimous view of the Program’s tutors, Integral’s ability to continue in its long-standing role as an alternative liberal arts curriculum, devoted entirely to the great books.
These difficulties have developed in four broad phases.
(I) May, 2012 – May, 2013: failed negotiations with the College’s Core Curriculum Committee, in the course of which the Committee asserted authority over broad parts of the Integral Curriculum, and sought to conform the Program to the model of a “major” under the Core Curriculum.
(II) September, 2013 – May, 2014: the Program’s Response to the Core Curriculum Committee.
(III) an appeal to the Academic Senate, which, on May 22, 2014, in Senate Resolution S-13/14-46, voted 8 aye – 0 nay – 1 abstaining to sustain the Program’s appeal.
(IV) September, 2014 – present: the College’s Provost disallowed the operative parts of S-13/14-46 on September 17, 2014, and over the subsequent months, the Program has sought to have the Senate revisit the issue under terms set by the Provost; the Senate has so far failed to act.
The three accompanying documents set out the Program’s actions in each phase.
The three documents are:
(1) Covering phases (I) – (II)
(2) Covering phase (III)
(3) Covering phase (IV)
I am at any reader’s service to answer questions or provide further information.
S. A. Cortright, ‘75
Director, Integral Curriculum of Liberal Arts