During its weekly meeting on Wednesday evening, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) debated a bill to broadly reform the ASSU constitution authored by GSC member Caleb Smith ’17 M.S. ’18. The Council also motioned to create a working group to handle mental health issues in response to the recent lawsuit against the University and addressed several procedural matters.
Coterms who take an extra year at Stanford report taking on greater responsibility for all areas of their lives, from their courses of study to their housing to their finances. As one coterm put it, making a comparison to the undergraduate experience: “It’s a completely different game.”
Robert Huff, Stanford’s first financial aid director, died of cancer on Mar. 7. Huff was 89.
Vivian Ly ’16 was raised to make things work. When Ly was accepted to Stanford, with its need-blind and need-based financial aid system, she thought the days of just making it work were behind her. But as her freshman year progressed, Ly began to feel alienated by her low-income status: she is just one of many who feel disillusioned with parts of the University’s experience for low-income students.
Around 10 percent of admitted students petition the Financial Aid Office each year in hopes of increasing the amount of aid that would be awarded to them if they came to Stanford, according to Karen Cooper, director of financial aid.
A recent executive order aimed at preventing institutions of higher learning from aggressively recruiting veterans will have minimal effect at Stanford because the University does not profit from veterans’ benefits, according to campus administrators.
In the past 50 years, socioeconomic status has become an increasingly important predictor of academic achievement on standardized tests, according to a recently published study by Stanford associate professor of education Sean Reardon.