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Reed’s Second Century

As Reed enters its hundredth year, the most significant economic crisis the country has seen since the Great Depression is at its height, and many colleges are eliminating faculty and staff positions. Buoyed by the health of its endowment and a single-minded focus on using its resources to strengthen the academic program, Reed adds faculty to the arts and humanities programs, admits its first students to the new environmental studies program, and resolves to build a performing arts building.

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Since the first classes were held in 1911, Reed has resisted the dominant trends of twentieth century higher education: the decline of structured curricula, the emphasis on narrow technical training, the devaluation of the liberal arts, and the focus on research productivity as opposed to excellence in teaching.

Instead, as Reed begins to look ahead to its second century, the college holds fast to its founding principles: the transformative power of intellectual discovery, the primacy of the classroom experience, and the essential role of the community in the pursuit of knowledge. Reed enters the decade well positioned to focus on meeting the challenges of its next 100 years.

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