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Honest Course Evaluations

We’re told that our “candid appraisal is very much appreciated.” Let’s hold the administration to that. 

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Quality Of Life Info Presented At USenate Plenary

Quality of Life Survey At Friday’s University Senate Plenary, four student senators – Marc Heinrich (Columbia College), Ramis Wadood (Columbia College), Emily Moore (SEAS Grad Students), and Grace Kelley (Nursing School) – gave an in-depth presentation on the quality of life survey sent out last year. General information has already been distributed by the Senate, […]

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Breaking: Recommendation for Public Course Evaluations Passed

This just in from Sarah Ngu, who followed the exhaustive debate at the Senate’s plenary session this afternoon. However, the decision to recommend that the university’s schools implement public course evaluations does not mean they are mandated to release the evaluations. For the majority of the debate, which lasted an hour and a half, the […]

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Senate Considering Public Course Evaluations

This afternoon, at 1:15 pm in Jerome Green Hall, the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) will bring a ground-breaking resolution to the Senate floor: public course evaluations. Well… ground-breaking for Columbia. Resident Know-It-Most Sarah Ngu brings us up to speed on what this means and why it could be a BFD. Why don’t we already publicize online […]

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Course Evaluations: Your Anti-Spam

Over the last few weeks, your correspondent has received a total of seven automatic reminders to fill out course evaluations (i.e. spam) and three personal emails from professors requesting that their evaluations be completed. And they are pretty important—filling out course evaluations lets professors know what works and what doesn’t in their classes. Unfortunately, course […]

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CCSC: Bureaucracy and Visitors

CCSC holds weekly meetings. Brian Wagner attended one of them last night. This is what he saw. The meeting opened with a discussion of a new committee. Bureaucracy!  The special committee would tackle co-sponsorship requests. At present, groups requesting co-sponsorships from the different student councils schlep to four different meetings to present their case. If a new committee […]

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Your Spring 09 Courses: A Survey

You may have remembered Bwog’s last attempt to aid you in your schedule. Below, we’ve matched courses offered this Spring to a variety of personalities in an effort to create the perfect schedule. If you have any other suggestions, email bwog@columbia.edu and we’ll post them! For the Ontologist: Spring 2009 Anthropology G6044 THE PRODUCTION OF […]

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Your Fall 2008 Classes: Aggregated

As registration nears, Bwog worries many of you remain undecided in choosing your fall 2008 classes. To help the undecided and unsure, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most promising-sounding courses. Know of interesting sounding classes? Send them our way (bwog@columbia.edu) and we’ll update the list. Specificity is a Construct Fall 2008 Art […]

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CC one step closer to being 100 steps behind SEAS

Big news in the case for transparency in academia: Starting in the spring, CC students may be able to view the results of their course evaluations online—specifically colorful bar graphs illustrating the section in which students rank the class and the professor from 1-5. CCSC has been working on the project since last year, but […]

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A new era of meaningless feedback

Course evaluations, once the ideal time-killer for those last awkward 15 minutes of lecture, have been going digital for a while now, and it looks like they’ll be on courseworks from here on out. A couple of luddite professors seemed peeved by the change, weighing in with comments like: – “Reading between the lines of […]

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Watch Yo’ Back, CULPA

At last night’s CCSC meeting, a proposal to work towards a centralized course evaluation system was passed unanimously. Academic Affairs Representative Alidad Damooei ’09, who co-wrote the proposal with Class of 2008 President Neda Navab, has been meeting with the Office of the Vice President for Arts and Sciences to come up with a uniform […]

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