- The University of Chicago became the latest institution this month to do away with a swimming proficiency test once required for graduation while also nixing its undergraduate physical education requirements--and, in effect, a fitness test used to place out of those classes.
- Only a handful of colleges still require swim tests, including a few Ivy League institutions, military academies, and a few women's and small liberal arts colleges.
- Details are limited as to what the future of fitness and athletics at the school will look like, but PE classes will now be taken voluntarily and not-for-credit, and Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for campus life and student services, will soon announce a task force to "promote a culture of physical fitness and athletics on campus" and expand the school's PE offerings, athletics and recreation programming.
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The University of Chicago this month became the latest institution to drop a swimming proficiency test required for graduation. But Chicago made another change, as well: it will eliminate its physical education requirements and, in doing so, cut the fitness test students could take to place out of the fitness classes. In a statement sent to all undergraduates, College Dean John W. Boyer and Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for campus life and student services, said students will instead "be invited to participate in an expanded array" of voluntary physical education, athletics and recreation programs. ...