Reed College is currently engaged in a strategic planning process, initiated by President Kroger and expected to last from 2013-2015. As part of that process different “working groups” have been created, including one to address Paideia and the summer term, Group E:
What role do the summer and winter breaks play in a Reed education? To what extent should we concern ourselves with providing opportunities for students in these periods, and what sort of opportunities should they be? What opportunities do we offer already and how do they relate to the academic program? Should we continue to have a long winter break, and if so, do we need to offer more possibilities to the students during January? Should we offer more opportunities during fall and spring break, whether externships, workshops, or field trips?
The Group E was submitted in January and is available online as a PDF file with an IRIS login. The final report from April is also available online as a PDF with an IRIS login and shall be considered by the faculty, alumni and staff for this fall. The gist of their recommendations is that the 2013 Paideia committee created by Kroger has already begun to improve things and that it should be continued with encouragement to involve “enthusiastic faculty and staff regularly,” “more study- and career-building classes” and possible three-week “remediation during (expanded) Paideia.”
Updated 22 May 2014: the schedule for Reunions Paideia, which is only a small portion of the much more extensive and amazingly full reunions schedule at http://reunions.reed.edu/schedule.html. Optional preregistration closed on June 2, so just show up as you are able.
Reunions Paideia Sessions for June 4-8, 2014
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Reedfayre reunions shall take place at Reed College in Portland this coming June 4-8, 2014, including another “reunions paideia.” Reunions Paideia is an opportunity for alumni and other friends of the college to supplement other activities such as alumni college, with short and interesting sessions on topics of interest. The tentative timeline for folks to make suggestions, requests and proposals is as follows. Continue reading
President Kroger initiated a strategic planning process at Reed, which began in 2013. As part of that process, several different groups were identified, including “Group E” to address “January and Summer Term.”
Preliminary reports from all groups are available via http://reed.edu/strategicplanning/preliminary_reports/index.html (may require IRIS login) and feedback is encouraged.
More information on the composition of strategic-planning working groups is available at http://reed.edu/strategicplanning/working_groups.html
The Paideia 2014 schedule as posted Saturday morning, listing over 250 different sessions scheduled within nine days. If you have an IRIS login, you can view the entire thing at http://www.reed.edu/paideia/index.html or click through to see the “live tweet feed” at http://twitter.com/paideiareed
Email notifications about proposed Paideia activities were sent to current students just before Thanksgiving and to alumni this evening. Community Safety and various other offices apparently need to review classes before a preliminary schedule is released, but this should hopefully be out by the end of December.
UPDATE: This year’s Paideia is closed to the general public, with most of the schedule available only via IRIS login through http://www.reed.edu/paideia/
Several alumni apparently did not receive any response to their submissions, and it is unclear if currently unscheduled events shall be allowed under the new system.