Dedication

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The Michigan State University baccalaureate student looks out on an almost limitless horizon. Challenging occupations and exciting study excellent graduate in and professional schools lie before the Michigan State student who has discovered how to direct individual learning toward developing the fullest human--and humane-- capabilities.

In these increasingly complex times, "preparing" for one specific kind of work has become nearly impossible. Even the most advanced preparation, in many fields, might well be obsolete in only a few years after graduation. Clearly, the undergraduate student must think relentlessly of ways to enhance a number of personal skills. The student must search for opportunities to develop adequate skills in writing and speaking, quantitative reasoning, reading critically and thinking evaluatively. The student must also realize that one of the most sophisticated skills is being able to choose from plentiful resources and create integration around areas of learning. An educated person should not be a copy of the educated person of a decade ago, or of his or her roommate, or of a student from another part of the country. An educated person should be that highly individualized person, complete in his or her cultural traditions, intellectual emphases, and human interactive possibilities. The truly educated person cannot be described by a score on a standardized national test, but rather by the contribution he or she has made to the lives of other human beings, in both intellectual and social fields.

Through a wise use of Michigan State University's abundant resources, students can shape a course of study that prepares them for the alternating exhilaration and frustration of life in the twenty-first century. This report is dedicated to the students of Michigan State University who have historically proved their competence to cope with a multivalent world, with the hope that its recommendations will be the enabling tools to keep their learning current.