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Is it possible for Brown to upgrade its research, its medical school, and its graduate schoolas called for in the Plan for Academic Enrichmentwithout diluting the excellence of its undergraduate college?

Frank Mullin
David Kertzer 69 began his stint as provost on July 1.

Any questions about whether the administrations focus would come at the expense of the undergraduate college were partially answered this summer when President Simmons chose Professor of Anthropology David Kertzer 69 to become the Universitys tenth provost. One of the things Im planning to do, Kertzer says, is to pay major attention to the undergraduate college.

This is possible, Kertzer emphasizes, precisely because Robert Zimmer, who left the provost job this summer to become president of the University of Chicago, dealt so successfully with research and the graduate schools. I dont want people to think that now the pendulum has swung and weve got someone from old Brown who understands the old days of the College.

So, what, specifically, will Kertzer do? Its time to look again at the Brown curriculum, he says: It does seem a little odd that we should still be thinking of the undergraduate college in terms of the New Curriculum, even though it is more than a third of a century old. Its time to give it another look, he says, not because of any weakness, but because we want to build on its strength. Were not the Brown we were thirty-five years ago.

The advising of students, he says, needs to be improved, but even more than that, the undergraduate college needs to recognize that students are becoming real citizens of the world, especially in terms of being familiar with world issues, world problems, and world cultures. So providing our students with a rich educational experience on world issues and bringing more and more of the world to Brown is going to play a very important role.

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