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CUE establishes six subcommittees

STANFORD -- The Commission on Undergraduate Education has established six subcommittees, all of which will meet throughout the winter quarter.

The subcommittees and their chairs are:

  • Language requirement, chaired by Guadalupe Valdes, professor of Spanish and Portuguese and of education.
  • Breadth requirement - including the distribution requirements, and Cultures, Ideas and Values - chaired by James Sheehan, professor of history and chairman of the Commission on Undergraduate Education.
  • Majors, chaired by Donald Brown, professor of economics.
  • Academic environment - including residential education and advising - chaired by Al Camarillo, professor of history.
  • Academic calendar - including the quarter system, dead week, time to degree and the relationship between units and courses - chaired by Geoff Cox, vice provost for institutional planning.
  • Technology and teaching - including the use of technology in teaching, and problems in class size - chaired by John Bravman, associate professor of materials science and engineering.

The subcommittee chairs are all members of the Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE). The full membership of each subcommittee is to be announced by Jan. 7, Sheehan said. Subcommittees likely will include non-commission members in addition to those already serving on CUE.

The commission is still discussing a possible seventh subcommittee to examine the relationship between what students do at Stanford and what they do after they leave, Sheehan said.

In addition, in a move that is tantamount to having an eighth subcommittee, Sheehan has appointed commission member Gail Mahood, professor of geological and environmental sciences, to act as the "link" between CUE and a committee of the School of Humanities and Sciences that is examining writing and critical thinking.

"We wanted to make sure the subject of writing was covered, but didn't feel the need to duplicate the work that they're doing," Sheehan said.

The subcommittees will meet regularly during winter quarter and will report back to the commission, Sheehan said. The commission also will meet during the winter, but not every week as it did in the fall.



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