Citing “financial constraints,” AHinks just notified the Barnard community via email that their physical education requirement has been reduced from two semesters to one. Students can still take two semesters for credit, but why would anybody do something they didn’t have to?
Date: April 13, 2012 12:10:01 PM EDT
Subject: Change in PE Requirement
We are writing to inform you of a recent change in the academic curriculum. On Monday, April 2, a motion was passed by the Barnard faculty to reduce the Physical Education requirement from two semesters to one semester. All students who have completed one semester of Physical Education have therefore fulfilled this degree requirement. Students who have completed the requirement have the option of taking a second P.E. course for one additional credit, but they will no longer be required to do so. All students who have not yet taken P.E. will be required to take one course before graduating. (As always, dance technique classes will count for the P.E. requirement.) Students are still required to fulfill the 122 credit graduation requirement (121 for transfers).
While this change is largely motivated by the financial constraints under which the college is currently operating, we fully intend to maintain Barnard’s deep-seated commitment to our students’ physical fitness and well-being. We anticipate that students will continue to take advantage of our Well-Woman and FITbear programs on campus, and we look forward to working with you to consider other ways in which we might encourage all members of our community to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles.
Paul E. Hertz
Acting Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Avis E Hinkson
Dean of the College
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