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Our 21st-century students live in a globally-connected and rapidly changing world. They face constantly evolving societal demands that require not just mastery of knowledge but even more an ability to adapt. In addition, our students come from increasingly diverse backgrounds—socio-economically, geographically, ethnically. Research data indicate that students today learn differently. 

To fulfill the promise of a Stanford education in this contemporary setting, we must adapt our offerings to meet the needs of our students and their diverse learning styles, both in and outside the classroom. We have the opportunity to deepen learning through pedagogical and curricular innovation, by advancing the science of learning, and by development and adoption of technology to assist instruction, accessibility, and assessment. We also have both the opportunity and the responsibility to extend our impact to learners beyond our campus by partnering with other educators and through online learning.

Undergraduate Academics 

First Year: Exploration and Shared Intellectual Experience

Encourage exploration and a shared intellectual experience and build creative confidence and personal capabilities to navigate a dynamic future.

Design Team Co-chairs:

  • Sarah Church, Professor of Physics
  • Dan Edelstein, William H. Bonsall Professor in French and Professor, by courtesy, of History

Design Team Members:

  • James Hamilton, Hearst Professor and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Mary Beth Mudgett, Professor of Biology 
  • Joshua Landy, Andrew B. Hammond Professor in French Language, Literature and Civilization, and Professor of Comparative Literature and, by courtesy, of English
  • Michael Tomz, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Karla Oeler, Associate Professor (Teaching) of Art and Art History
  • Chris Edwards, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Nicole Ardoin, Associate Professor of Education and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
 

    Future of the Major

    Enable pathways to majors to allow a broad academic experience that crosses disciplines and cultures.

    Design Team Co-chairs:

    • Lanier Anderson, Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts and J. E. Wallace Sterling Professor of the Humanities
    • Tom Kenny, Richard W. Weiland Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Engineering

    Design Team Members:

    • Judith Goldstein, Janet M. Peck Professor of International Communication and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
    • Marisa Galvez, Associate Professor of French and Italian and, by courtesy, of German Studies
    • Michael Rosenfeld, Professor of Sociology
    • Mehran Sahami, Professor (Teaching) of Computer Science
    • Alexandria Boehm, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
    • Tom Mullaney, Associate Professor of History
    • Peggy Phelan, Ann O'Day Maples Professor in the Arts and Professor of English
    • Tim Stearns, Frank Lee and Carol Hall Professor and Professor of Genetics

    Learning & Support Outside the Classroom

    ResX & Undergraduate Student Expansion

    ResX is a Provostial Task Force formed as a direct result of the Long- Range Planning process. ResX is specifically tasked with developing an overarching vision for the residential experience at Stanford and presenting recommendations to the Provost in how to achieve that vision. The task force is comprised of faculty, students, alumni, and senior administrators.

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    Task Force Co-chairs:

    • Harry Elam, Senior Vice Provost for Education, Vice President for the Arts, Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities
    • Susie Brubaker-Cole, Vice Provost for Student Affairs

    Advising Enhancements for Undergraduates and Graduate Students

    Improve advising for graduate and undergraduate students. 

    Design Team Co-chairs:

    • Harry Elam, Senior Vice Provost for Education, Vice President for the Arts, Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities
    • Patricia Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and Professor of Education

    To learn more about the Town Center initiative, click here

    Learning for the Future

    Science of Learning

    Support research on learning to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all learners, at Stanford and beyond.

    Pedagogy & Innovation

    Equip faculty with resources and data to create new approaches and flexible on-ramps to disciplines, and evaluate new methods of teaching and create tools to deepen learning.
     

    Design Team Chair:

    Dan Schwartz, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Educational Technology

    Design team will be formed after faculty focus group discussions.

    Extending Our Reach

    Partner with other educational institutions to extend access to learning, and explore additional opportunities for online and extended learning.
     
    Design team will be formed after completion of resources review.