Yale has adapted a revised undergraduate curriculum which is largely based on learning essential skills rather than specific areas of knowledge, and which includes the requirement that all Yale undergraduates have two semesters of science and two semesters of quantitative reasoning. The Foundation believes that these skills are vital in today’s world and is helping Yale meet the challenge of devising courses that are highly rigorous but engaging for students whose principal interests may lie elsewhere. The Foundation is funding the creation of 20 new courses as well as providing pedagogic support for the faculty members interested in creating them. It recognized that scholarly research advances professorial careers and is readily funded; whereas the creation of new courses for undergraduate non-majors needs special institutional encouragement.