After a yearlong trial, Washington University faculty remain divided over offering online classes. About 150 faculty members filled Wilson 214 during Friday’s faculty meeting to debate whether to pass a resolution to continue working with the online education platform Semester Online, the for-profit business that currently runs the program.
A self-proclaimed sports fanatic known by his colleagues for his sarcastic wit and tough-love personality, sophomore Zach Kram has been named editor-in-chief of Student Life for the 2014-15 academic year. His appointment was announced at Friday’s annual banquet of Washington University Student Media Inc. whose board of directors oversees Student Life.
Though he was disappointed President Barack Obama didn’t find time to shake his hand, Chancellor Mark Wrighton’s audience with the leader of the free world was not a complete loss.
Though tuition has been steadily increasing every year in memory, students are still frustrated with the administration’s low prioritization of affordability.
The impossible task of finding a seat in Olin Library during reading week may soon be no more. Longstanding issues with teachers giving final exams outside of their assigned slots, causing scheduling snafus and substantial student stress, has led Washington University to consider changes to the finals week schedule—one proposal being the elimination of reading week.
Wednesday’s official launch event for the Mosaic Project’s Bias Report and Support System (BRSS) highlighted the progress Washington University has made in diversity-related efforts and brought to light more detailed hopes for future work around inclusion on the Danforth Campus.
In an email to students and community members, Chancellor Mark Wrighton announced Washington University has increased its long-term fundraising goals by $70 million to fund more need-based aid. The University is already allocating more money to increase socioeconomic diversity, and the additional funds will be used to make the changes sustainable in the long term.
[UPDATED 12/10 10:00 p.m] CORRECTION APPENDED BELOW. At the third open discussion on socioeconomic diversity in two weeks, administrators had no trouble responding to student questions on everything from scholarships to endowment spending—until one student asked about recruiting from urban areas. Provost Holden Thorp and Vice Chancellor for Admissions John Berg said they have no [...]
Mum’s the word on the drunken Halloween Party in the law school that led the school to impose a prohibition until the end of the semester.
A revamped course listings website featuring a new layout and improved functionality went live last week to mixed reactions. Due to a push for the course guide to be greener, Washington University felt that, after printing fewer and fewer copies of the physical book each year, it could finally be phased out but not without a major overhaul of the website.