Brodhead holds open forum on academic review

April 24, 2003
As the University considers the recommendations of its first academic review in 30 years, about 45 students met with Yale College Dean Richard Brodhead and academic review committee members Wednesday to discuss issues including cultural studies, theater courses and course requirements. In an open forum arranged by the Yale College Council, Brodhead and three of »

Profs support increase in size of faculty

April 23, 2003
Plans to increase the size of Yale’s faculty, the costliest part of the Committee on Yale College Education’s academic review report, elicited enthusiasm from faculty members in spirit but concern about how they would be implemented. The committee recommended a 10 percent or more increase in Yale College faculty over the next 5 years to »

History Dept. hires 3 new professors

April 21, 2003
Filling gaps in areas such as U.S. women’s history and modern Germany, the Yale History Department recently hired two senior professors and a junior professor. Ute Frevert, an expert in German history from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, will join the department as a full professor in fall 2003. Joanne Meyerowitz, an authority on American »

New language plan offers flexibility

April 17, 2003
If the Committee on Yale College Education implements its recommendations successfully, students may have a reduced language requirement and more flexibility with study abroad opportunities. While most professors acknowledged that students could benefit from these proposed changes, some speculated that less classroom instruction may ultimately hurt students’ foreign language education. For students starting language study »

Report recognizes need for, difficulty of science reform

April 15, 2003
In response to the Committee on Yale College Education’s recommendations for improving science education for nonmajors, many professors and students said they supported the ideas in theory but remained unsure about their feasibility. Other schools have had difficulty bridging the divide between science and non-science students through structural changes, and at Yale, faculty and students »

Tepid response to Credit/D proposal

April 10, 2003
In response to proposed changes to distributional requirements, students and professors supported the goal of broadening academic horizons, but some feared a liberal Credit/D/Fail policy could reduce academic accountability. In its review released last week, the Committee on Yale College Education recommended requiring students to take two courses in each of five areas: the humanities »

Historian Winks dead at 72

April 8, 2003
Famed history professor Robin Winks, a former department chairman and master of Berkeley College who wrote mystery novels in his spare time, died Monday morning at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 72. Winks, who joined Yale’s history department in 1957 and served as its chairman from 1996 to 1999, cancelled his classes last fall after »

Review input is limited, mixed

April 8, 2003
Five days after the Committee on Yale College Education released its findings, the report garnered mixed reviews this week from a small handful of students and faculty members. The report, which was released Thursday, includes recommendations based on more than a year of evaluating Yale College education. Committee members now plan to solicit input on »

After wait, review offers mixed bag of changes

April 4, 2003
The Committee on Yale College Education released the results of its long-awaited academic review Thursday, recommending an increase in faculty, the creation of a science teaching center on central campus and changes in distributional requirements. The committee’s 85-page report focused primarily on undergraduate teaching, distributional requirements, science education, international education and advising. While many of »

Brei’s selflessness remembered

March 28, 2003
When Brandon Brei GRD ’06 was an Eagle Scout in middle school, he went to Philmont, a Boy Scout ranch in New Mexico. The troop was on a two-week survival mission for which they had to carry their food and supplies in backpacks. But even though Brandon’s pack was heavy and he had far to »

Physics drops B.A. option

March 27, 2003
The physics major will undergo significant changes next year, following a review by the Physics Committee on the Undergraduate Program. Physics majors will no longer have the choice between a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. The department will instead offer only a bachelor of science degree, and students will eventually have to »

Brei GRD ’06 drowns in rescue attempt

March 25, 2003
A graduate student on a Yale-sponsored trip to Puerto Rico drowned and was presumed dead Saturday after he tried to save another student who was swimming, the trip’s leader said. Brandon Brei GRD ’06 and nine other Yale students from the graduate school and the School of Public Health went swimming in the ocean near »