Students were encouraged to participate in the process of revising Temple’s Core Curriculum at the Temple Student Government meeting on Monday, Nov. 4.
A member of the Core Revision Committee, Dr. Marina Barnett, discussed the opportunity for students to comment on the revision to the core.
She said that undergraduate students in all schools and campuses could go to a series of open meetings and share their thoughts and concerns about the current core.
“Give us some of your ideas before you leave Temple,” Barnett said, “this is one of a few opportunities to participate in [curriculum] revision. The university tends to listen to only Honors students, but not us. We want to talk to everyone.”
Barnett said that the reason for the changes is because the current core was established in 1986.
“It’s time to take a look at it,” she said, “Changes in society need to be reflected in the general study curriculum.”
The open meetings are scheduled in Student Center rooms 309-313 on Nov. 6, 13 and 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Nov. 7, 14 and 21 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Vice President of Academic Affairs Alex Norman encouraged students “to get out and go to at least one of the meetings.”
“We are here to get education,” he said, “that’s the first, if not the only reason why we are here.”
Norman also spoke about a new scholarship for the medical school entrance test preparation courses at Temple.
The new scholarship will reduce the cost for the MCAT prep courses from $1,000 to $400, according to Norman.
For details contact William Nathan in Curtis Hall room 109.
“The university administration is trying to increase the number of students from Temple [entering] med schools,” he said.
The chair of the Community Affairs Committee, Tai Baker, announced that this year’s bone marrow drive will take place in the lounge of Johnson and Hardwick on Nov. 14.
There is an information drive Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Tuttleman room 103.
At the end of the meeting, Dean of Students James Fitzsimmons asked for student volunteers to serve on a committee to discuss the architecture of the Student Center.
If interested, contact him in the Office of Student Affairs on the fourth floor of the Student Center.
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