In a letter to faculty, Dirks outlined the latest structural reforms: the creation of a three-member executive committee and the re-establishment of the long-dormant Planning and Budget Committee.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is seeking University Senate approval for a new interdisciplinary master’s program which would allow students to individualize their courses of study.
After an hour of debate, the University Senate resolved to encourage all Columbia schools to make course evaluations public, in a 44 to 12 vote.
Administrators are working to resolve the tension that erupted between engineering faculty and Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora, but one professor said that “no matter what the structure, the dean is not good for this school.”
The Office of Financial Aid will review the results of its internal review over the course of the next few months.
About 20 students attended the town hall, several of whom expressed concern about the speed at which the search committee is moving.
SIPA targets new donors as it draws closer to its goal of $150 million by 2015, with funds to be used primarily for faculty and student fellowships and resources.
“Open course evaluations could create an atmosphere of pandering, surveillance, that could undermine responsible teaching,” School of the Arts professor Bette Gordon said.
The college’s place within the larger University and the role of the college’s dean have been hot topics since philosophy professor Michele Moody-Adams resigned as dean in August.
Although details of the deal are not yet public, the approximately 700 union members will discuss and vote on the deal on Thursday.
May 14, 2:48pm
Today, the guys of Vampire Weekend, the loveliest of Columbia alums, did a Reddit AMA. They answered questions from Reddit users on everything from where they buy their salmon-colored shorts... Read More
May 14, 9:15am
If you missed yesterday’s Bluth banana stand because of finals (or were too lazy to go below 59th St. … cough cough), it’s not too late to get a Bluth... Read More
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