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The Daily Princetonian

Plans drafted for neuroscience concentration, leaked proposal says

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 proposal will be discussed and presumably voted upon at a faculty meeting on Monday afternoon, Deputy Dean of the College Clayton Marsh confirmed in an email on Saturday. The change comes nine years after the founding of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, an initiative of then-University President Shirley Tilghman, and less than a year after the opening of the new psychology and neuroscience building.

NEWS | 11/30/2014

The Daily Princetonian

Princeton to use letter attached to transcript to explain grading policy and repeal

The University will begin attaching a letter detailing the policy of grade deflation and the fact that it was repealed at the beginning of this academic year to the transcripts of sophomores, juniors and seniors, University spokesperson Martin Mbugua said Tuesday. This measure is similar to what had been in practice for the past decade while the old grading policy was still in effect.

NEWS | 10/07/2014

The Daily Princetonian

Recognition of human rights is key to peace in Middle East, AlAttiyah says

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. “We are once again living in a time of profound instability and change, but also a time of great opportunity,” AlAttiyah said. AlAttiyah, who was appointed minister of foreign affairs in 2013, holds a bachelor’s in aviation science from King Faisal Air Academy, a law degree from Beirut Arab University and a master’s and a Ph.D.

NEWS | 09/29/2014

The Daily Princetonian

End of grade deflation could be implemented as early as this fall

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. “I think it’s really important that Princeton be known for the quality of its teaching rather than for the severity of its curve,” Eisgruber said. Thereport, written by an ad hoc committee commissioned by Eisgruber to examine the grading policy implemented in 2005, urged that the quota for A-range grades of 35 percent be dropped and that emphasis be placed on providing meaningful feedback to students. Eisgruber explained that he will ask the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing to discuss the report at its first meeting in September.

NEWS | 08/08/2014

The Daily Princetonian

A-grades decreased the most before deflation and have increased since, committee finds

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. The report, which was prepared at the request of University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 after only a few months in office, suggests that the controversial grade deflation policy has had little direct effect on grading.

NEWS | 08/07/2014

The Daily Princetonian

Despite overall downward trend in humanities sign-ins, history shows unexpected surge

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.The same number of students declared a humanities concentration in the Class of 2015, whereas 286 did in the Class of 2016.The humanities majors with the largest number of concentrators remain history, with 90, and English, with 48.

NEWS | 04/24/2014

The Daily Princetonian

Princeton professor warns about ‘House of Debt’

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. “The profession at-large and also the policy side have severely underestimated the importance of debt for the whole of the economy,” Mian explained. Their book, called "House of Debt," is complemented by anew blogthat bears the same title and debuted inMarch.

NEWS | 04/23/2014

The Daily Princetonian

Low response rate for USG Midterm Evaluation survey

Only 171 students, approximately 26 percent of the students sampled, responded to the USG Academics Committee’s Midterm Evaluation Pilot program survey.The survey was available from April 3 to April 6 and allowed students to submit anonymous feedback about their classes. The 10 classes selected for the pilot program varied in size, department and type, but all received the same survey.Consisting of 14 questions, the survey was based on an existing midsemester course questionnaire template provided by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.

NEWS | 04/14/2014


Bodine to take position at Georgetown

Wilson School diplomat-in-residence and Directorof the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative program Barbara Bodine intends to step down at the end of the academic year. The University is now searching for a director for the SINSI program, which was established in 2006. A job posting indicated the search was posted on the University website on April 7.

NEWS | 04/14/2014