The effort to transform undergraduate education at Rutgers’ largest campus began in 2004, when President Richard L. McCormick and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Philip Furmanski appointed the Task Force on Undergraduate Education and charged the group with examining all aspects of the undergraduate experience at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

A year later, a major report was issued: Transforming Undergraduate Education: Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education at Rutgers–New Brunswick/Piscataway. The 178-page report included a comprehensive series of recommendations covering all aspects of the undergraduate experience, including student recruitment and admissions, core educational requirements, facilities, student life, and the academic structure of the university.

After a lively and thought-provoking discussion about the report’s far-reaching proposals, President McCormick issued recommendations to reinvigorate the undergraduate experience at Rutgers by creating a more satisfying, more coherent, less frustrating, less confusing, and more rational academic environment for all students. On March 10, 2006, the Board of Governors approved President McCormick’s recommendations.

Over the next year and a half, these recommendations were implemented, culminating with the enrollment of the first students in the new School of Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2007.

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