Faculty meeting tackles shopping uncertainty

October 5, 2012
After enduring another shopping period riddled with uncertainty due to fluctuating course enrollments, faculty members debated ways to make the first weeks of the semester less volatile. At the first Yale College faculty meeting of the academic year on Thursday, roughly a dozen professors voiced their frustrations about shopping period and discussed ways enrollment decisions »

Courses cluster in similar times

September 27, 2012
Students who found their shopping lists for this term clustered within the same time slots were not alone. This fall, as in past years, seminars and large lecture classes are concentrated in the middle of the week during the late morning and afternoon, despite past efforts to get departments to assign course times more evenly. »
Yale acquired student-run course-planning website Yale Bluebook.

University acquires Yale Bluebook

August 1, 2012
Yale Bluebook, the student-run website that has proved increasingly popular among undergraduates as a course planning tool, will now be owned and operated by Yale. University Registrar Gabriel Olszewski told the News that his office purchased a license for the site “a couple months ago” and has worked closely with the site’s creators, Jared Shenson »
Members of the class of 2012 cheer during Monday's commencement exercises.

University confers 3,021 degrees at 311th Commencement

May 21, 2012
Intermittent spurts of rainfall shortened but could not stop Yale’s 311th Commencement exercises, which brought the College and the University’s graduate and professional schools to Old Campus on Monday. In front of a crowd of nearly 18,000, the University conferred 3,021 degrees — 1,249 to undergraduates — and awarded another 285 provisionally to students in »
Administrators reversed a decision to stop printing the Blue Book beginning next fall.

Blue Book returns, for now

April 26, 2012
Despite last fall’s announcement to the contrary, Yale College’s printed course catalog, affectionately termed the “Blue Book” by students and faculty, will come out for at least one more year. Administrators announced last September that the Blue Book — formally titled the Yale College Programs of Study — would no longer be available in print »

Tenure system a boon for humanities

April 23, 2012
Five years after the University instituted a tenure-track system, professors and administrators said the perception that “nobody gets tenure at Yale” is fading. Under the tenure-track system adopted in 2007, tenure decisions are no longer dependent on departmental resources, and each junior faculty member must be evaluated for tenure by their eighth year at Yale. »

Yale-NUS discussed at student panel

April 20, 2012
Seven Singaporean students and alumni from Yale and Columbia offered their perspectives on the liberal arts college Yale is planning with the National University of Singapore at a panel discussion Thursday. Speakers on the panel touched upon many issues typically raised with Yale-NUS — academic freedom, the liberal arts model in Asia and the Yale »

UP CLOSE | Humanities face identity crisis

April 18, 2012
Last May, Yale College Dean Mary Miller called a meeting of all humanities department chairs. Her question for them, she said, was simple: “What are we going to do about the future of the humanities?” Across the country, the value of a humanities degree has been called into question as more students pursue fields of »

YCC pushes grade transparency

April 17, 2012
The Yale College Council’s science and engineering subcommittee is advocating for science professors to make information about grading more consistently available to students during the term. The subcommittee released a report last Thursday based on a February poll of nearly 600 students, many of whom said that science and engineering classes do not provide adequate »

Grad review to examine master’s program

April 11, 2012
After the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences reviewed its doctoral programs last year, a similar effort is underway to evaluate the school’s terminal master’s programs. By meeting with directors of graduate studies and compiling statistics on each program — such as data on applications, admissions rates, enrollments and degree completion rates — administrators hope »

Faculty approve Yale-NUS resolution

April 6, 2012
Despite a statement of opposition from University President Richard Levin, faculty voted by a wide margin to pass a resolution urging Yale-NUS College to uphold principles of non-discrimination and civil liberties at Thursday’s Yale College faculty meeting. The roughly 200 Yale College faculty members who attended the meeting spent two and a half hours discussing »

Faculty to continue Yale-NUS debate

April 5, 2012
A resolution urging Yale-NUS College to uphold principles of non-discrimination and civil liberties will likely be brought to a vote at today’s Yale College faculty meeting. Professors voted to suspend the rules of the meetings to introduce and debate the resolution, written by political science and philosophy professor Seyla Benhabib GRD ’77, at their monthly »