In November, the Committee on Yale College Education will present a partial review of recent changes to the college’s distributional requirements.

Effect of academic changes unclear

September 28, 2011
Administrators have called Yale College’s modifications of distributional requirements an “incredible change,” but administrators cannot yet definitively say whether this policy is improving undergraduate education in concrete ways. When a committee including administrators and faculty members undertook a “self-study” of academic programs in 1999, they expressed a high level of satisfaction with the distributional requirement »
In spite of a recent decrease in the number of seminars offered, Yale is seeking to expand the program’s reach.

College seminars begin to expand

September 27, 2011
After a sharp decrease in course offerings last year, the residential college seminar program is looking for ways to expand. The program has traditionally comprised over 20 seminars per semester, but that number dropped to 12 last spring after former director Catherine Suttle retired and the program went under review. George Levesque, assistant dean of »

Committee rethinks faculty counts

September 23, 2011
Yale’s faculty and administration are reassessing an outdated system used to keep tabs on the number of full and assistant professors in each department. A newly appointed committee will examine how the University tracks its faculty, Provost Peter Salovey wrote in a Wednesday email to department and program chairs. The revamped system that the committee »

UP CLOSE | Grad School scrutinized

September 21, 2011
When Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Thomas Pollard asked directors of graduate studies for data about their programs last fall, department leaders saw red flags. A two-phase review of mentoring practices at the Graduate School had just concluded months before. Some program administrators believed Pollard’s request could only be motivated by one concern: »

Miller MUS ’07 inspired through music

September 16, 2011
John Miller MUS ’07, a trombonist and the manager of community programs at the School of Music, died Thursday morning after falling from the fourth story of Hendrie Hall. He was 29. Colleagues and friends from around New Haven and Yale called Miller’s death a huge loss for both communities. Miller led the Music in »

Peer educators to tackle sexual consent

September 14, 2011
This fall, Yale College is launching a new peer education program aimed at teaching students how to identify and prevent sexual misconduct. The program places three trained, paid students known as communication and consent educators in each residential college, where they will work with masters and deans to develop unique programming, said Melanie Boyd, special »
Printed copies of the Blue Book will no longer be available, Yale College Dean Mary Miller announced.

Blue Book in its last year

September 12, 2011
When students gather in common rooms and butteries for “bluebooking parties” next fall, they will not be using the iconic blue course catalogues that sit on most Yalies’ shelves. Yale College Dean Mary Miller said Yale College Publications, which publishes the Blue Book as well as the Yale College Undergraduate Regulations and the Freshman Handbook, »

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001…

September 9, 2011
Before 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, Yale’s fall term was unfolding in the same ways as the countless autumns that had come before. Students were still in the throes of shopping period as professors finalized their course rosters. Administrators were tied up in meeting after meeting as they plannedthe capstone celebration of the University’s »

Yale pushes online frontier

September 6, 2011
Three Yale Summer Session professors taught their course material not only to students in New Haven, but also to their classmates thousands of miles away. For the first time this summer, Yale Summer Session offered three online courses, two of them for Yale credit, in which students watched recorded lectures and joined live discussion sections »
Despite lax observation in the past, a rule banning unregistered campus organizations from participating in the extracurricular bazaar was enforced this year.

Unregistered groups unwelcome at bazaar

September 5, 2011
As student organizations bombarded freshmen with flyers at the Sunday extracurricular bazaar in Payne Whitney Gymnasium, some groups were told to leave. Administrators took a hard line on a formerly flexible rule and allowed only registered organizations to participate in the bazaar — formally known as the Bazaar of Registered Undergraduate Organizations — as part »

Gender ratio flips for 2015

September 5, 2011
Despite the recent media buzz surrounding sexual culture at Yale and a majority-male freshman class, freshmen women interviewed said they doubt the University is significantly different from its peers. The class of 2015 is 51 percent male — a 3 percent increase from last year’s freshman class ­— but administrators and admissions experts said such »

Consent workshops revamped

September 2, 2011
After some freshman counselors questioned the content of the “sexual consent” workshops they were expected to lead for freshmen Thursday night, masters and deans stepped in to teach the material instead. Melanie Boyd ’90, special advisor to the dean of Yale College on gender issues, instructed freshman counselors last Thursday on how to facilitate a »