Faculty diversity still a priority in hard times

Despite a budget shortfall that has forced the University to delay or suspend many faculty hires, administrators and department chairs said they are still committed to increasing the diversity of Yale’s faculty in the next few years. Chief among the advocates for diversity is Yale College Dean Mary Miller, who plans to continue a decades-long […]

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Grad School cuts to change admissions

With the most recent round of budget cuts forcing fewer admissions slots at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, administrators are rethinking their approach to evaluating applicants. In light of University President Richard Levin and Provost Peter Salovey’s announcement this month that the Graduate School must admit 10 to 15 percent fewer students this […]

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Coed housing approved for seniors

Students in the class of 2011 will have the option of living in mixed-gender suites next year as part of a pilot program, Yale College Dean Mary Miller and Council of Masters Chair Jonathan Holloway said Sunday in an e-mail to the News. Rising seniors may choose to live in mixed-gender suites but not mixed-gender […]

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Gender-neutral housing approved for class of 2011

Students in the class of 2011 will have the option of living in mixed-gender suites next year as part of a pilot program, Yale College Dean Mary Miller and Council of Masters Chair Jonathan Holloway said Sunday evening in an e-mail to the News. Rising seniors may choose to live in mixed-gender suites but not […]

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Dean Miller outlines goals

In 1978, Mary Miller taught her first batch of Yale undergraduates as a teaching assistant for legendary art history professor Vincent Scully while she was a doctoral candidate in art history. Miller joined Yale’s faculty three years later as a professor of art history and has since served in almost every position imaginable — chair […]

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Scientist likely for Grad School dean

The search for a new dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is underway, and the search committee’s chair said the committee will strongly consider appointing a scientist to replace current dean Jon Butler. Though University President Richard Levin said Yale typically tries to ensure that at least one of the University’s three […]

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Registrar’s Office bungles fall term grade reports

Students irked about the perceived delays in the posting of fall term grades to the Student Information System may have cause to complain again. The Registrar’s Office mistakenly sent copies of students’ spring term enrollments home to parents instead of fall semester grade reports, University Registrar Jill Carlton wrote in an e-mail today. When the […]

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Faculty vote rejects minors

Yale College will not offer academic minors any time soon, following a Faculty of Arts and Sciences vote against a proposal to create a pilot minors program. University President Richard Levin, Provost Peter Salovey and about 100 faculty members packed into Connecticut Hall on Thursday afternoon, where they spent an hour discussing the Committee on […]

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Grad School braces for cuts

In response to Wednesday’s announcement that, to save money, Yale will reduce the number of new doctoral students admitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, department chairs across the University said Thursday that Yale’s intellectual community and scholarly research may suffer. University President Richard Levin and Provost Peter Salovey said in an interview […]

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Committee: No academic minors, for now

After almost three years of research, the Committee on Majors has come out against academic minors. In a report published Jan. 21 on the committee’s Web site, the committee recommended against adopting academic minors for the time being. The report does not rule out alternatives to minors, including certification in select disciplines such as foreign […]

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Small classes secretly flourish

While English and history majors competed for space in “Faulkner” and “Art of Biography” this semester, dozens of humanities and social science seminars have enrolled fewer than 10 students. Statistically, there are more small classes in Yale College than large lectures: 75 percent of Yale College courses have fewer than 20 students enrolled, while nearly […]

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‘Life’ after ‘Porn’

In the first spring since the cancellation of the beloved science lecture commonly known as “Porn in the Morn,” non-science majors are flooding courses that promise the chance to look at fossils and contemplate black holes in exchange for a science credit. Take, for example, “History of Life,” a science class capped at 120 that […]

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