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================= ECONHIST.TEACH POSTING ================= The following is from the May 17, 1996 Chronicle of Higher Education in an article entitled "Stanford Creates 20 New Faculty Posts to Improve Teaching of Fresman" by Mary Crystal Cage. The article mentions a talk that the President of Stanford, Gerhard Casper gave to the Faculty Senate in which he asked them to consider changes in their workload. In particular he asked Stanford professors to consider in the words of the article, "whether new minimum enrollment standards within departments should be set, below which courses would not count as part of a faculty member's regular teaching load." Casper said in an interview, "at Stanford, there are literally hundreds of undergraduate courses that have 10 students or less." In response to Casper's talk, Bradley Efron, a professor of statistics at Stanford, and according to the article, "a self-described member of the 'right wing' in Stanford's curriculum debates," is quoted as saying: "Asking scholars and researchers to become undergraduate teachers and mentors is like a football coach's telling the offense to play defense." ============ FOOTER TO ECONHIST.TEACH POSTING ============ For information, send the message "info ECONHIST.TEACH" to email@example.com. >