Requiring IntroSems will enhance the overall quality of undergraduate education at Stanford.
Faculty have largely extended a warm welcome to Thinking Matters, the freshman requirement proposed as a replacement to the Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) program by the recent Study on Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. The shift may occur as early as fall 2012.
One of the more controversial recommendations of the recent Study on Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report is that the University require Introductory Seminars, a highly praised aspect of the freshman and sophomore experience, for each freshman starting in fall 2013.
Stanford University plans to begin construction of a new dorm in the Manzanita complex, scheduled to open in 2013, according to the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. The report also suggests that the Manzanita dorm may have a theme, although discussions are ongoing and no final decision has been made.
Make no mistake, the move from three quarters to one will mark a much greater change in the experience of Stanford undergraduates than whatever changes take place within the classroom.