News and updates regarding our work to strengthen the Columbia College undergraduate experience.
As chair of the JED Steering Committee, Dean James J. Valentini recently provided an update to students regarding Columbia’s multi-year plan to assess undergraduate health and wellness resources.
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As chair of the JED Steering Committee, Dean James J. Valentini recently provided an update to students regarding Columbia’s multi-year plan to assess undergraduate health and wellness resources, which included 14 key objectives.
The Columbia College-General Studies Committee on Instruction (COI) has announced an update to the policy on the maximum number of points per term, the maximum number of programs of study, and double-counting certain courses toward two programs of study. The policy will go into effect as of Fall 2017. Full details are below.
President Lee C. Bollinger has appointed James J. Valentini, dean of Columbia College and vice president for undergraduate education, to lead a Steering Group on Mental Health, focused on Columbia’s undergraduate community.
The Office of Global Programs has announced a new study abroad program in Greece, to be offered to undergraduates for the first time in Summer 2017.
Columbia College is pleased to share the Columbia College Annual Report 2015–2016.
Columbia Entrepreneurship has announced that they will be sponsoring Innovation Grants for Columbia College and School of General Studies' students.
The Center for the Core Curriculum held the inaugural event in its new “Books That Changed My Life” series, which provides a space for Core professors to have intimate and informal conversations with small groups of students about books that had a deep impact on their lives.
Columbia University announced the establishment of the Mendelson Center for Undergraduate Business Initiatives, a joint program between Columbia College and Columbia Business School. The Center was established with a $10 million gift from the Mendelson family, whose relationship with Columbia spans four generations. The Center will foster an ongoing business education program for select Columbia undergraduates.
Undocumented students applying to Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science will now be eligible for the same need-blind admissions and financial aid policies as U.S. Citizens and permanent residents.
Columbia College has announced a series of new courses, “Food: An Interdisciplinary Perspective,” thanks to a $750,000 gift from the Chapman Perelman Foundation, a New York-based foundation that gives to health, human services and education causes. The courses will provide students with a holistic understanding of food in the 21st century, considering questions such as how to feed a growing global population in a way that is sustainable with regards to the environment and public health.
Harrison Hong, a professor in the Department of Economics, has been named as the first John R. Eckel Jr. Professor in Financial Economics.
Columbia College is sponsoring campus membership to TurboVote, an online application that makes voting easier by allowing users to register to vote, request absentee ballots for their home states, and get text reminders about upcoming elections.
Columbia College and Columbia Engineering have created a new director of student wellness position to support the undergraduate community’s student wellness priorities and to help create a campus culture committed to wellness.
Columbia College welcomes the new faculty members who will be teaching in the Core Curriculum during the 2016-2017 academic year. These faculty join approximately 50 returning faculty members already teaching in the Core Curriculum.
The Double Discovery Center (DDC), a Columbia College program that works to foster college matriculation for low-income and first-generation middle and high school students in New York City, will be renamed The Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center, thanks to a $2 million gift from an anonymous donor.
Columbia College has announced the establishment of the Nobuhisa and Marcia Ishizuka Global Fellowship in East Asian Studies, a summer study abroad grant for students studying Japanese language and culture, or other East Asian languages and cultures, whose research and interests include Japan.
Stephen S. Trevor CC’86 and Ronnie D. Planalp BUS’86 have given a $2.5 million gift to Columbia, which includes $2 million to establish the Planalp Trevor Dean’s Curriculum Innovation Fund for Entrepreneurship at Columbia College. The Fund will provide permanent support for the faculty teaching and the students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses support, accelerate, and motivate the Columbia community’s programs and culture around innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship at Columbia College. Their gift to the College is part of the Core to Commencement campaign.
Columbia College is offering a new entrepreneurship course, “Venturing to Change the World,” which seeks to “expose students to the intellectual foundations and practical aspects of entrepreneurship.”
The Berick Center for Student Advising (CSA) has announced a new initiative that allows first-years to explore potential academic areas of interest before formally declaring a major or concentration.
The Office of Global Programs has announced a new summer study abroad program in Beijing, to be offered in the summer of 2016.
Beginning in the summer of 2016, the Columbia University Center for Career Education will be offering a new Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program in Seoul, South Korea.
The Deans’ Student Assistance Fund supported more than 400 Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students with unanticipated costs during its initial semester, including providing students with FLEX meal funding during Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break, when the dining halls are closed. Other examples of situations when the Deans’ Student Assistance Fund may be used include travel home for a family emergency, unexpected health care costs and cold weather clothing needs.
The Office of Global Programs has announced the Columbia-Bogaziçi Summer Program in Balkan Transcultural Studies, a new summer study abroad program in Istanbul that will be offered in summer 2016.
Columbia College has launched a $400 million fundraising and engagement campaign to enhance its undergraduate liberal arts education and support students and faculty.
The Office of Global Programs has announced a new summer global health research abroad opportunity in partnership with the Columbia University Medical Center, to be offered in summer 2016.
The Office of Global Programs has announced Columbia University in London, a new study abroad program in London.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is offering a new intercultural opportunity, the Global Ambassador Program, a year-long program that aims to foster intercultural dialogues and friendships within Columbia’s diverse student body.
The Office of Global Programs has announced a new study abroad program in Mexico City. The program, the first in a series of global education programs created in partnership with the Department of Anthropology, will be offered in Spring 2016.
The Center for Career Education will host the first annual Undergraduate Career Fair in Alfred Lerner Hall on Friday, September 25, from 12-4 p.m.
Beginning in Fall 2015, undergraduate financial aid recipients from Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science are able to apply for funds through the Deans’ Student Assistance Fund. This resource is designed to assist students with the greatest financial need who face unanticipated personal expenses beyond those included in the Cost of Attendance.