Your professors pay more for childcare than you do for tuition. 4 of them explain what this means for their lives, and your education.
When classics professor Marcus Folch and his wife Celeste Fine decided it was time to try for kids, they expected it would take a while for their family to get started. They had no idea they would have twins within a year, much less a third child within two. More surprising was how much they would be paying in childcare costs—$120,000 annually—with only $3,000 a year in assistance from Columbia....
Several times a semester, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences meets, ostensibly to discuss issues relevant to the Columbia community.
Students expressed concerns about the Arts and Sciences-wide Educational Policy and Planning Committee, a soon-to-be-formed faculty advisory group, at Sunday night's Columbia College Student Council meeting. The Policy and Planning Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is in the process of putting together the EPPC, as recommended by the Task Force on Undergraduate Education in 2009. The committee, which will be made up of faculty and administrators, will advise Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences Nicholas Dirks on academic issues, including global centers and the Core Curriculum. "In their draft mandate, they have some kind of involvement in the Core. We don't know what that'll be, and that's frankly not very comforting for us," said Bob Sun, CC '14 and student representative to the Committee on Instruction. "We don't know what level of involvement, what kind of involvement, whether they'll be working with the college and the existing Committee on the Core." According to Sun, faculty members involved with the PPC have conflicting views on whether this new committee will supersede the already-existing COI and the Committee on the Core. He also said that the PPC has been less than transparent in forming the new committee. "We've been trying to reach out to administration and faculty who we believe are involved in the formation of the EPPC, and we haven't been able to," he said. Columbia College Interim Dean James Valentini said in a recent interview that he believes the EPPC will be formed by the end of the semester. Former Student Governing Board chair Barry Weinberg, CC '12, argued on Sunday night that governance of the Core should be kept within Columbia College and the Committee on the Core. "If alumni see that control over the Core is no longer in the college's hands there's a big chance that alumni donations will significantly drop off," he said. University Senator Alex Frouman, CC '12, though, said that there are good reasons that the EPPC would handle issues related to the Core. "The current proposal for the EPPC deals with the relationship of the Arts and Sciences and Columbia College, and there is an academic reason for the current proposal to include the Core within the EPPC's mandate," he said. Weinberg also raised the issue of student involvement, as there are no plans for student members of the EPPC. Valentini has said that he supports student membership. "Undergraduates should be a part of the decision-making process and the discussions that take place," CCSC Vice President of Campus Life Jasmine Senior, CC '12, said. "They affect us personally. How do they [the EPPC] know how it's going to impact student life?" University Senator Kenny Durell, CC '12, said that students have to be proactive with the information they have. "The only indication that we've ever gotten explicitly from the administration is that this could turn into something that could exclude students from the process," he said. "That alone should set off a warning flag. We should keep asking questions vigorously and frequently and now." Weinberg called for CCSC to make an official statement regarding EPPC. "I think that it is absolutely imperative that students be given full voting seats on the EPPC," he said. "Students have had the ability to weigh in on budgetary decisions since at least 1978." However, Senior said that the council needs to reach out to deans and administrators before it takes action. "The process is about students, about student life, about academics. We should be a part of that discussion," she said. "We need to knock on the doors of the administration and we need to do it fast." email@example.com...