The Undergraduate Senate raced against the clock Tuesday night, setting out to finish its weekly two-hour meeting in half that time, so its members could attend the tail-end of the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) student town hall, which was held concurrently in Toyon Lounge. Committee updates and a discussion of three bills that the Senate will vote on next week were the main order of business.
The Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) served as the focal point of Thursday’s Faculty Senate meeting. History professor James Campbell ‘83 Ph.D. ‘89 and biology professor Susan McConnell, who jointly chair SUES, delivered a presentation on the shortcomings of the undergraduate curriculum and general solutions to these shortcomings.
In a world where collaborative processes drive the most successful enterprises, most Stanford professors still test the knowledge, skills and abilities of their students by the same archaic methods used for centuries. This editorial board believes that the time has come for a reinvention of the way in which we assess student performance, starting with exams.
At a Faculty Senate meeting last November, the co-chairs of SUES (the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford) presented a draft document proposing three broad and overlapping aims of a Stanford education: first, the acquisition and creation of knowledge; second, developing intellectual and practical skills; and third, helping equip students to live creative, responsible and reflective lives…
The Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) is set to review broad topics including the freshman experience, residential education, co-curricular activities and academic breadth. Committees will define their individual focus areas in coming weeks.