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Undergraduate Education

Contacts

Office: Sweet Hall, 590 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Mail Code: 3082
Phone: (650) 723-4463
Email: vpue@stanford.edu
Web Site: undergrad.stanford.edu

Established in 1995, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) comprises the Bing Overseas Studies Program, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford Introductory Studies, and Undergraduate Advising and Research.  VPUE’s objective is to create and maximize opportunities for learning partnerships at Stanford. For undergraduates, VPUE serves as the nexus for key programs and initiatives and helps them define and achieve their intellectual ambitions at Stanford.  Student opportunities within VPUE include investigative introductory courses, targeted classes in writing and rhetoric, specialized introductory seminars, intensive pre-term September studies programs, undergraduate research support, overseas studies programs, academic advising, and undergraduate scholarships and fellowships, as well as tutoring and learning skills support. The VPUE also serves as the primary conduit for faculty interested in furthering their interaction with undergraduates, developing innovative curriculum and pedagogy, and discovering ways in which working with undergraduates can enrich their own research agendas. We advocate for undergraduate education in collaboration with students, faculty, schools and departments across the university.  All of our resources are dedicated to connecting students with Stanford, involving faculty with undergraduate education, and fully realizing a liberal education.

VPUE programs for first- and second-year students include New Student Orientation/Approaching Stanford, the Leland Scholars Program, Thinking Matters, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Introductory Seminars, and Sophomore College. Programs for more advanced students include the Bing Overseas Studies Program, Writing in the Major, Undergraduate Research, Arts Intensive, and Bing Honors College. Undergraduate Advising, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking serve undergraduates throughout their time at Stanford. The office of the VPUE works closely with the office of the vice provost for student affairs and the admissions office. The vice provost for undergraduate education reports to the provost.

Policies governing undergraduate education are formulated by Faculty Senate committees and voted into legislation by the Faculty Senate. The Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP) addresses such topics as general education requirements, grading, awards, advising, and teaching evaluation. The Committee for the Review of Undergraduate Majors (C-RUM) oversees the initiation and review of undergraduate degree programs. Committee members include the vice provost for undergraduate education or his delegated staff (ex-officio) and representatives from the faculty at large, administration (such as the office of the university registrar), and students. The Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) nominations committee selects student members. The VPUE also maintains, by rule of the Faculty Senate, the Thinking Matters Governance Board and the Writing and Rhetoric Governance Board to oversee these university degree requirements. Finally, the Undergraduate Advisory Council (UGAC) was established by the provost in 1996 to serve as the main faculty advisory body for the vice provost for undergraduate education.

 

Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education: Harry J. Elam, Jr.
Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities

Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education: Martha Cyert
Professor of Biology

Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education: Sharon Palmer

Director of Finance & Administration: Scott Calvert


 

Courses

UAR 10. Intellectual Journeys. 1 Unit.

Stanford speakers share their research as well as their intellectual and life paths, including how they chose their undergraduate major, how they found mentors, and what their field offers undergraduates.

UAR 42A. LSP First Year Seminar. 1 Unit.

For freshmen who participated in the Leland Scholars Program. This seminar supports LSP students in the first year in the areas of institutional engagement, academic empowerment, their sense of belonging to Stanford, and builds their cohort identity.

UAR 42B. LSP First Year Seminar B. 1 Unit.

For freshmen who participated in the Leland Scholars Program. This seminar supports LSP students in the first year in the areas of institutional engagement, academic empowerment, their sense of belonging to Stanford, and builds their cohort identity.

UAR 46. Challenges Facing First-Gen Students In Their Transition To College. 2 Units.

This course will focus on the multiple perspectives relating to why women and first generation students experience challenges to successfully navigating paths in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions and majors. Students will explore how such constructs as power, privilege, and identity play a role in their academic and future careers. Connections to theoretical works of stereotype threat, cultural capital, and belonging will also be emphasized. Throughout the course, students will learn and enhance foundational skills aimed at supporting their trajectory in STEM majors and ultimately, STEM careers.

UAR 56. Building a Successful Academic Career. 1 Unit.

For freshmen in expanded advising programs. Techniques for honing academic skills for college, and applying those skills to better define intellectual identity in academic pursuits. May be repeated for credit.

UAR 60. Engaging, Exploring, and Reflecting on Alumni Career Worlds. 1 Unit.

This course helps students access and navigate the professional world with tools such as e-Portfolios, Strengths Quest, and alumni shadow visits. Assignments and discussions will encourage deep reflection on the values, philosophies, and backgrounds that can help shape each student¿s long term goals.