The new curriculum, developed over the summer of 1968 as The Comprehensive Plan and modified and approved by the faculty during the 1968-69 academic year went into effect.  President Simpson described it in his report to the college constituencies in December 1970:
“In the pendulum swing between prescription and freedom which characterizes curricular history, this plan is as close to free choice as Vassar is ever likely to go.  It offers three paths to a degree instead of one, abolishes distribution requirements, encourages a pace to suit the individual, reduces the course load by a change in the counting system, offers wide opportunities for off-campus experience carrying credit towards the degree and seeks to enlarge options of faculty as well as students.”     Alan Simpson, The New Vassar, 1964-1970: Report of the President