The University Record, October 7, 1998

Boyer Commission report focus of faculty forum

By John Lehman
Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs

Inspired by the controversial Boyer Commission report funded by the Carnegie Foundation, "Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities," Sigma Xi, the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA), the U-M Chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the Academic Women's Caucus have collaborated to present a faculty forum on the issues raised by the report.

Titled "Research Universities and the Undergraduate: Designing Education for the 21st Century," it will be held 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Ford Library on North Campus.

A morning panel comprised of faculty members actively engaged with undergraduate education will address the question: "Does the Carnegie Foundation/Boyer Commission report represent the best vision for undergraduate education at research universities?" An afternoon panel with representatives from the University administration and federal government will discuss "How do we achieve the goals expressed for undergraduate education at research universities?"

The keynote speaker will be Shirley Strum Kenny, president of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and chair of the Boyer Commission study. The concluding speaker will be F. David Mathews, president of the Kettering Foundation, and former U. S. Secretary of Education.

Participants in the panels will include: U. S. Reps. Lynn Rivers and Vernon Ehlers; Regent Olivia P. Maynard; President Lee C. Bollinger; National Science Foundation advisor James Lightbourne; Profs. Thomas Dunn (moderator), Bobbi Low, Ruth Scodel, Lewis Kleinsmith, Donald R. Deskins Jr., and J. David Velleman.

Admission is free and a luncheon will be served. Seating is limited, however, and tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available from the SACUA/Senate Assembly Office in the Fleming Administration Bldg., 764-0303.

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