In June, when Crossing the Line (CTL) was still listed on the Diversity and First-Gen Office’s website, it was described as “a tool for promoting reflection, dialogue, empathy and authentic engagement.” But students have repeatedly accused CTL of forcing them into emotionally painful situations.
In their first quarter at Stanford, freshmen are required to come together in dorm lounges across campus to participate in a group event, unaware that they are about to be asked to reveal the most intimate details of their lives — deeply private things, embarrassing things, unfortunate things, regretted things and things they may not have shared with even their closest friends or family — to a room full of strangers. Freshmen have not been warned that they will have to do this. They have not been given a choice to participate. And they have not been provided a compelling reason why they should be required to make these details of their personal lives public to people they do not know nor trust. The event is called Crossing the Line (CTL) — a name that is appropriate because it crosses a line no university ever should.
Sheri Sheppard, a distinguished professor of mechanical engineering with a background in the auto industry, was honored with the 2014 U.S. Professor of the Year award this past fall. The Stanford Daily caught up with Sheppard in the wake of her award to discuss her unique teaching style and how the mechanical engineering (ME) department…
Students are now receiving subject and writing tutoring in dining halls through a joint effort between the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) that replaces the previous model of assigned resident tutors in dorms.
Robyn Dunbar succeeded longtime Director of the Center of Teaching and Learning (CTL) Michele Marincovich ‘68, who is moving on to become senior advisor to Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam.
The directors of the Student Initiated Courses (SIC) program increased the number of program coordinators and the overseeing faculty committee this year to address the rise in applications received so far.
With its 35th anniversary around the corner, the Center for Teaching and Learning is gearing up to celebrate its work at Stanford.