Faculty to raise concerns about Yale-NUS

Professors say they intend to raise objections to the liberal arts college Yale has planned with the National University of Singapore at today’s Yale College faculty meeting. Though Yale-NUS was officially announced in March 2011 and is set to open in fall 2013, professors said they still wish to debate the merits of the project. […]

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Miller encourages fall break trips

As Yale College prepares to follow a new academic calendar with a five-day fall break in the 2012-’13 school year, Yale College Dean Mary Miller is encouraging professors to consider holding field trips during the short vacation. Earlier this month, Miller met with a group of faculty members — many of whom already include field […]

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History plans ‘pathways’

After experiencing a decline in the number of undergraduate majors in recent years, the History Department is changing the program to increase its appeal to students. In response to students’ concerns about their ability to form a cohesive course of study in the major, the department will, beginning next semester, feature “thematic pathways” on its […]

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Cancelled faculty meeting reinstated

This weekend, administrators reversed their decision to cancel next week’s Yale College faculty meeting after professors objected to delaying a planned discussion of Yale’s liberal arts college in Singapore. In a Friday email to faculty members, Yale College Dean Mary Miller cancelled their March 1 faculty meeting, citing “very few agenda items of Yale College […]

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Online lectures enter the classroom

Open Yale Courses has made professors’ lectures available to Internet users around the world, but it is also changing how those professors teach on campus. The website, which now features videos and transcripts for 35 Yale courses, launched in 2007 in an effort to broaden access to a Yale education. But in some cases, the […]

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Yale lags in diversity goals

Despite administrators’ efforts, the University is still trailing the goals for faculty diversity it outlined six years ago. Yale launched a faculty diversity initiative in 2006 that set targets for hiring more women and minorities to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences by June 2013. The initiative called for the University to hire at least […]

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Cross Campus: 2.14.12

Love songs. Assistant professor Sarah Demers was treated to not one, not two, but three singing valentines during her “Physics of Music” class Monday. As members of the Yale Slavic Chorus and of a cappella group The New Blue serenaded Demers with love songs, Demers looked embarrassed but “dealt with it well,” a tipster who […]

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Economy drives growth in master’s apps

Total applications to Yale’s master’s programs jumped 19 percent this year, with the largest increases in programs that professors say lead to promising job prospects during a time of economic uncertainty. Master’s programs in computer science, engineering and applied science, and statistics have steadily attracted more applicants over the past five years, and continued to […]

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Shared Services under fire

Faculty protested the ongoing University-wide push to centralize administrative services — an effort they say harms departments and their staff — at last Thursday’s Yale College faculty meeting. Over the past few years, Yale has implemented a business model called “Shared Services” to reduce costs and share resources across departments, University President Richard Levin said. […]

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“Piggy back” majors reach stand-alone status

The faculty’s approval of ethnicity, race and migration as a standalone major last Thursday has left South Asian studies as the only major at Yale that must be taken with a second area of study. [ydn-legacy-photo-inline id=”2452″ ] Since the mid-1980’s, Yale has offered five majors that could only be pursued as second majors, four […]

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ER&M becomes stand-alone major

Students who wish to major in ethnicity, race and migration will no longer have to pursue it along with a second major. Faculty voted at a Thursday Yale College faculty meeting to make ER&M a stand-alone major, as well as to split the biology major and modify the degree options in environmental engineering. Molecular, cellular […]

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