Columbia may soon expand its online learning opportunities, thanks to the University’s partnership with edX, announced Thursday afternoon.
The task force, co-chaired by Provost John Coatsworth and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine Lee Goldman, brings together almost 40 faculty members across the entire university. Unlike other institutions, including various cancer centers, that are also working in personalized medicine, this task force will use a University-wide approach, rather than just a medical one.
After students complained last semester that the University’s policies on sexual assault were confusing and scattered online, the provost’s office is hoping that a new website will mitigate the problem.
Although Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia’s first chief digital officer, will hop across town this August to become the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first chief digital officer, he said that he still has a vested interest in Columbia’s success.
Faculty are pleased that the University has overturned a policy that would have forced some retired professors to move out of their Columbia apartments. But with an aging faculty and demand for housing on the rise, it’s still unclear how administrators might address the faculty housing space crunch.
Several members of the Policy and Planning Committee, which comprises FAS faculty, say they were never told about the report and are unsure if it was worth the cost.
GSAS’s Teaching Center offers weekly programs and one-on-one consultations to graduate students, but tenure-track and tenured faculty remain largely uninvolved with the Teaching Center and few students attend sessions.
After a dean search that has lasted since last July, University President Lee Bollinger announced that he selected Mary Cunningham Boyce from MIT as the new dean of SEAS.
Physics professor Emlyn Hughes told administrators he wished last week's Frontiers of Science stunt had unfolded differently, though he has not issued an apology to those who were offended or an explanation to students.
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