Stanford Faculty Senate to hear updates, learn about new initiatives in undergraduate education

 Vice Provost Harry J. Elam Jr. will also share results of 2013 Faculty Survey

L.A. Cicero Harry J. Elam Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education

Harry J. Elam Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education

At its last meeting of the academic year on Thursday, the Faculty Senate will hear a report from Harry J. Elam Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education.

Elam will present an update on the implementation of the recommendations of the 2012 Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES), including new breadth requirements, Thinking Matters and Introductory Seminars.

He will discuss several new initiatives of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, including two new integrated living and learning programs for freshmen: Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture (ITALIC), and Science in the Making: Integrated Learning Environment (SIMILE).

Elam also will share the results of the 2013 Faculty Survey, which was designed to build on the momentum created by SUES, a comprehensive examination of the goals of undergraduate education in the 21st century.

At its June 13 meeting, the senate also will hear a report from David B. Abernethy, professor of political science, emeritus, and chair of the Stanford Emeriti Council. The council meets quarterly to address the interests and concerns of the several hundred emeriti and spouses living on campus and in surrounding areas.

A draft of the full text of the minutes from the senate's May 30 meeting, in which Provost John Etchemendy presented the "Stanford University Budget Plan 2013/14," can be found here.

The senate meeting will begin at 3:15 p.m. in Room 180 of the Law School. Discussion is limited to members of the senate, but members of the Stanford community may request to attend the meeting by contacting the Academic Secretary's Office at 723-4992 or Trish Del Pozzo at

Following adjournment, President Hennessy will host a reception for the 45th (current) Senate, new members of the 46th Senate, the chairs of the committees of the Academic Council, the Emeriti Council and the university's Board of Trustees. The reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Club.