Academic Vision Working Group

The Academic Vision Working Group was tasked with examining potential future directions for Harvey Mudd’s academic programs in light of the changing composition of our faculty and staff and the global needs of a liberal arts STEM education. In that context, the committee should consider our curriculum, programs, and the needs and interests expected of our future students. The group was asked to consider the following focus questions as part of its efforts:

  • What is and what should be distinctive about Harvey Mudd’s curriculum? Are there new areas that should be developed or existing areas that should be revised?
  • What infrastructures are needed to contribute to a positive learning environment?
  • How should our curriculum respond to anticipated changes in student demographics, technology, globalization and developments within and between disciplines?
  • What kind of flexibility (in departments and programs, in majors, in staffing) might we need to respond to the changing interests and needs of students as well as current and future imbalances in the distribution of students across majors?
  • How should we foster and support interdisciplinary programs, teaching and scholarship?
  • How can we better connect our curriculum and academic program to other areas of student life, e.g., residential life, 5C/7C programs and community and global engagement?

Working Group Members

  • Mark Ashley, Registrar and Assistant Vice President for Student Information Management
  • Spencer Brucks, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Rob Gould ’87, Member, Board of Trustees
  • Vivien Hamilton, Associate Professor of the History of Science
  • Nancy Lape, James Howard Kindelberger Professor in Engineering and Chair, Department of Engineering
  • Theresa Lynn, Bruce and Susan Worster Professor of Physics and Chair, Department of Physics
  • Cindy Martinez, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Drew Price, Machine Shop Manager
  • Danae Schulz, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Talithia Williams, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Director, Mathematics Clinic
Academic Vision Working Group Report (HMC login required)