The End of IHUM

Posted by at 10:10PM

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for…the death of IHUM.

Proof that IHUM kids were people too.

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.

If you care about Stanford, then read the proposalTALK ABOUT IT. Anyone who cares about Stanford will listen. Make your decisions about the plan and let the university know!

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?”

The SUES Committee has done an excellent job at outreach, proving that they’ll listen to your opinions. Speak up and help shape our Stanford.

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One Response to “The End of IHUM”

  1. Steven says:

    To be clear, these are recommendations that may or may not be followed, but here’s hoping!

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