Nassau Street in Princeton as seen through the University’s main entrance, FitzRandolph Gate, in March 2020.
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The credit- or degree-granting program would extend the University’s educational mission

Princeton is exploring the creation of a program that would grant credits or degrees and extend the University’s educational mission to underserved students. 

President Eisgruber ’83 listed the possibility along with other moves his administration is considering in an effort to address systemic racism both in the greater world and just outside Princeton’s gates. Peer institutions already have continuing-education and outreach programs,  Eisgruber noted.

“Princeton contributes to the world through teaching and research of unsurpassed quality, and we must continue to find ways to bring that mission to bear against racism, and against all of the discrimination that damages the lives of people of color,” he wrote.

Other moves under consideration include increasing the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty members from underrepresented groups by 50 percent over five years, increasing supplier and contractor diversity, and creating a committee to consider changing names and other campus iconography. Earlier this summer Princeton took Woodrow Wilson’s name off its public-affairs school, citing the former president’s racism.