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Students for Williams in New York

This year has seen activity from “SWNY,” or Students for Williams in New York, after the recommendation to shut the program down or restructure from last spring.

The new group released a report on September 29th on the program that can be seen here. Be sure to look at the supporting documents as well, especially the appraisals and student work, which I can’t link directly to.

I had held off on this because the report requires a password. However, now that the Record has published it (as well as a Daily Message), I release it to all: robertmoses. If a SWNY member has a problem with publishing this (and I’ve checked with a few), e-mail me at wls1 to take it down, but I think they’ve gone completely public.

Enjoy; it’s worth a look.

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#1 Comment By David Kane On October 8, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

Great stuff!

1) Kudos to all the students involved with this effort. And a special shout out to Anouk Dey, who I have quibbled with in the past.

2) SWNY might consider adding a link to our category about WNY. Lots of good stuff there.

3) The website seems to have some errors. For example, Professor Jackall’s response to the Waters Report is incomplete. Details matter. Also, I would add a link to the Waters Report itself. I realize that this represents the “other side” of the debate, but a confident Eph is happy to present all viewpoints.

4) The entire exercise is reminiscent of Tim Burke’s vision for the senior project in his ideal liberal arts curriculum.

#2 Comment By Larry George On October 8, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

Hilarious password.

#3 Comment By Aidan On October 8, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

Kudos to the Master Builder.

#4 Comment By hwc On October 9, 2008 @ 4:25 am

I still don’t understand.

Williams in New York is the perfect Winter Study Project. It’s what Winter Study was designed for. All of the drawbacks for a semester program are pluses for a Winter Study Program, even the housing.

Why is there such an effort to pound a square peg into a round hole on this one? Wouldn’t it make more sense to stabilize the program as an enormously popular successsful Winter Study program?

#5 Comment By 1980 On October 9, 2008 @ 10:36 am

hwc, maybe. If one of the complaints about the program is that it is too expensive – for a semester long program – it would probably be even harder to justify the expense for a 3.5 week long program.