By Maggie Kane
The Educational Policies Committee (EPC) has started re-examining the Liberal Arts Colloquium (LAC) requirement. Basing their discussions on two proposals submitted to the provost in spring 2009 by Professor of Mathematics Michele Intermont and Professor of Education Olga Bonfiglio, they are looking at whether or not LACs should be reintroduced as a graduation requirement.
Intermont’s proposal suggested that LAC attendance should be required.
“The fact that we have a colloquium series, that we have speakers come to campus—every college has that. But the fact that we value a liberal arts education enough that we actually require our students to attend these events in unique,” Intermont said.
Bonfiglio did a survey in May of 2009 that revealed over half of graduating seniors had not completed their LAC requirements by Friday of 7th week spring quarter.
“It [LAC requirements] wasn’t working, according to this survey,” Bonofiglio said. “The spirit was willing but the execution wasn’t always what we expected from students.”
In a recent student survey, however, support for reinstating LACs was overwhelmingly positive, said Senior Leeor Schweitzer. The results were strongest in the junior and senior populations, students who have had experience with the requirements.
While the EPC is still in the process of discussing the issue and that a resolution will make its way to Student Commission, Schweitzer said, “there’s a good chance that nothing will move forward.”