In February 2018, Reed announced that the undergraduate program, originally scheduled to graduate in 2023, would instead graduate in 2023-24 with a revised, three-year curriculum and call for courses to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The original intention, according to reedfaculty.blogspot.com, was to allow a more controlled environment and to strengthen the link to the scientific method.
In March 2019, Reed announced that it would be shifting its focus from a liberal arts approach to an innovative structure that would be geared towards a professional degree aimed at addressing the demand for workers in STEM fields and preparing students for the next generation of jobs.
On October 4, 2019, the Multicultural Journalist Program (MJP) held its second annual Multicultural Learning Conference at Reed. The conference, in its sixth year, brings together professionals and students from diverse disciplines to learn, support, and celebrate one another. The conference celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which mandates equal access to education for discriminating minority, immigrant, and LGBTQ+ students, as well as the 50th anniversary of Barack Obama's 1994 enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The opening keynote was the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. d2c66b5586