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As a step toward establishing an undergraduate concentration in American Studies with tracks in Asian American and Latinx Studies, President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 and Dean of the College Jill Dolan expressed support for increasing faculty appointments and other recommendations put forward by the Task Force on American Studies in a statement released on Nov. 22.
Sell ‘17 was selected as one of the twelve George J. Mitchell Scholars
nationwide in the 2018 class for the program, according to the
Aaron Robertson ’17 was named one of the thirty-two 2017 Rhodes Scholarship recipients selected from a pool of 2500 applicants in an announcement released by the Rhodes Trust.
In a report issued Thursday morning, the Task Force on General Education made six recommendations pertaining to undergraduate teaching that span from mandating foreign language studies regardless of prior proficiency to changes in the academic calendar.According to the report, the task force is recommending that the fall term start earlier and conclude in December. Under this new calendar, students would complete their final exams before winter break and have the opportunity to participate in a three week “January-term.” During this term, the University will offer both credit-bearing courses and not-for-credit co-curricular experiences for students, such as Princeternships and independent work opportunities. This January term would be optional for all students.Another recommendation of the task force is to encourage departments to create for-credit writing-intensive seminars for third-year students. These discipline-specific courses would require graded work, but would not replace the graded Junior Paper assignments. Additionally, the task force encouraged departments that currently require two JPs to consider consolidating the two assignments into a single, spring JP that counts for two units of credit. Though the task force recommended against permitting dual concentrations, it encouraged departments to consider offering “formalized joint or mixed concentrations.”The recommendations further support requiring both A.B. and B.S.E students to take at least one course that explores the “intersections of culture, identity, and power” and at least another course with international content. The report noted that courses in the former category would not just “probe diversity,” but explore aspects of race, gender, indigeneity, and other aspects of cultural identity. The courses with international content may explore topics such as trade, globalization, and cross-border conflicts.Moreover, the task force recommended requiring foreign language instruction for all A.B. students, regardless of existing proficiency. The report states that those who have sufficient Advanced Placement credit or native fluency would be required to take at least one 200-level or above course in the acquired language or an introductory course in a new language.Along with this new requirement, the report also recommended that undergraduates have flexibility in choosing the area of emphasis in their distribution courses. Though the distribution areas have not changed, the report recommends that students take one course in each area and pick three areas to take a second course in.The report also recommended the creation of “sophomore signature” courses that explore topics in public health, environmental conservation, global migration, and other social issues.The task force is chaired by Dean of College Jill Dolan. Students may submit comments and reactions to the report by November 25.
The Spanish and Portuguese department experienced a significant increase with 16 new concentrators this year compared to three sign-ins last year, according to Spanish and Portuguese department representative Germán Labrador Méndez said.
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute has drafted a proposal outlining a program of study for a new neuroscience concentration, according to a document obtained by The Daily Princetonian and dated June 24.
The University will begin attaching a letter detailing the policy of grade deflation and the fact that it was repealed at the beginning of this academic year to the transcripts of sophomores, juniors and seniors, University spokesperson Martin Mbugua said Tuesday.
Qatar is a nation committed to facilitating international peace and self-determination for all peoples in our uncertain world, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar His Excellency Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammed AlAttiyah argued in a lecture Monday.
Recommendations from the grading policy report released on Tuesday could go into place as early as the upcoming fall term, said University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83, who is supportive of bringing end to grade deflation.
Following decades of rampant grade inflation, the average GPA and fraction of A-grades given dropped dramatically from 2003-05 — the years right before the current grading policy was implemented — according to a report released by the University on Tuesday morning.
While B.S.E. departments did not have significant changes in the numbers of freshmen who declared this year, computer science and Operations Research and Financial Engineering were the two most popular major choices for Class of 2017 B.S.E. students.
While bachelor's degree concentration declarations for the Class of 2016 were predominantly male in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, the gender distribution was roughly even in the social sciences and the humanities.
Assistant psychology professor Alin I. Coman has published a one-year studyinPsychological Science,a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, assessing the effects of wartime atrocities on people of different social groups. The study indicates that their association with a certain social group may influence the ways in which they recall actions committed by that group.
Although economics professor Paul Krugman announced his decision to join the City University of New York faculty on Feb. 28, email exchanges and documents indicate that private negotiations about his new position had been ongoing for over a year.
Evan Thomas, former editor-at-large at Newsweek who has taught journalism at the University for seven consecutive years, will be leaving Princeton at the end of the academic year. As a professor, he lived at the top of Blair Tower, and students and faculty alike say that he observed the Princeton student culture more closely than most. After Princeton, he will continue his writing career; he is currently working on a biography of President Richard Nixon. Before a farewell reception on Tuesday, Thomas spoke with The Daily Princetonian about his time here, student life at the University and the culture of busyness that, he says, dominates the student body.
Beth Lew-Williams, who will join the University next year, will become the first professor in Asian-American history. She will teach a course called “Asian-American History” in the spring of 2015.
With 155 new members in the Class of 2016, the Wilson School has seen an increase of 76 percent in its student body in two years. Overall enrollment, including both juniors and seniors, will now total 317, up from 180.
Two hundred sixty-nine members of the Class of 2016 declared concentrations in the humanities by the end of the sophomore major declaration period on Tuesday.
While new financial regulation has focused on bank oversight and risk management, economics and Wilson School professor Atif Mian and professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessAmir Sufi argue in an upcoming book that not enough attention has been paid to the role of high levels of private, household debt in the Great Recession.
New research produced by politics professor Martin Gilens andpolitical science professor at Northwestern University Benjamin Page shows that average citizens have little to no influence on the outcome of government policy.