The Commission on Undergraduate Education
The Commission on Undergraduate Education at Stanford University formed in the fall of 1993 to evaluate key issues affecting undergraduate education. As a prominent research university, Stanford sought to ensure that undergraduate education could thrive in a research-centered environment. Faculty, alumni, students, and administrators all influenced the direction of the commission. The commission’s investigation led to a report that outlined key curricular and organizational changes, including advisement reforms, teaching evaluations, clarification of goals for undergraduate education, and especially the formation of the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate education. The commission’s proposals were supported by the administration and faculty senate, and both budget reallocations and funding campaigns were used to finance its recommendations. The reforms at Stanford ultimately influenced subsequent reforms in higher education for undergraduates across the country.