Cardinal Compass, a new online tool for freshmen released by the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE), reached 17,000 page views since its launch on Aug. 1 despite some freshmen arguing that the site’s offerings are too broad.
The class of 2016 can anticipate a new course offering next year from the Institute of Design called Designing Your Stanford, which will apply elements from the popular Designing Your Life course to help underclassmen make the most of their Stanford experience.
A new freshman requirement designed to replace the often-criticized Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) program will feature a lower student-to-faculty ratio and a much more diverse course offering, according to University administrators involved in its creation. However, with the program’s debut only a week away, department chairs are still assessing how this change in academic policy will affect their operations.
Due to a three percent increase from last year’s yield rate, the Class of 2016 will have about 50 more students than anticipated by the Office of Admission.
Stanford’s traditional system of self-contained courses could soon be upended by recommendations by the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES), which advocates the introduction of “helix courses” to address “curricular incoherence” in undergraduate coursework.
While the Faculty Senate declined after contentious debate to begin requiring introductory seminars (IntroSems) for freshmen, as recommended by the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report, both University administrators and SUES members have welcomed this revision to the report’s recommendations.
Julie Lythcott-Haims ‘89, associate vice provost for undergraduate education and dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising, will step down from her role in June to pursue a master of fine arts in writing, with an emphasis in poetry, from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
In recent years, the number of undergraduates pursuing co-terminal degrees has remained steady; by contrast, the number writing honors theses has steadily declined.