Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for…the death of IHUM.
In its report published today, the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) has proposed drastic changes to the education of a Stanford undergraduate:
- the creation of SLE-like dorms with different themes
- a drastic change to the breadth requirements
- “Helix courses” (find out more here)
- the elimination of IHUM (huzzah!)
- mandatory Frosh IntroSems
- increased quantity of service-learning courses
A Stanford education may never be the same, but we don’t know yet. It’s all up to a series of votes by the Faculty Senate. Right now, any or all of the proposed changes might happen…or they might not.
Stanford’s culture for the next decade will be shaped in the next few months.
One of the most heated debates is whether additional faculty teaching responsibilities are a positive thing for a research/teaching institution. It will certainly raise the quality of education, but some voice concerns that this might pull faculty away from their research. Fundamentally, are we a research or a teaching institution?
Should Freshmen Seminars be mandatory, or would that make them lose their magic?
Is increasing the number of SLE-inspired dorms a positive, or do they take away from what we know as the “Freshman experience?”