The Observer

SAGES through the ages

A CWRU experience stretched over a decade
November 4, 2016

The Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) program is a part of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) that students learn of before their arrival on campus, and often even before...

Inquiry on special SAGES program for international students

The SAGES English as a Second Language (ESL) Program aims to help international students improve their academic English, but some international students find such courses burdensome.
November 4, 2016

Tian Yang Case Western Reserve University prides itself on being a school of diversity, and such diversity extends itself into the curriculums and course selections by offering separate courses...

Philosophy of Undergraduate Experience drafted, open to suggestions

October 28, 2016

One of the most important ways in which universities around the country maintain their competitiveness and quality is by constantly reevaluating the needs and experiences of their students. In line with...

Holcomb: SAGES is failing but is needed

Contract professors, lack of focus is responsible for downfalls
April 15, 2016

College is a time for intellectual exploration. While courses required for majors are important for this, many simply reinforce similar skill sets and mentalities. SAGES takes a general education approach...

Ten years after its creation, SAGES program under review

The Provost’s Commission of Undergraduate Experience will be reviewing the SAGES program to determine whether it is living up to its original purpose.
February 5, 2016

When English Professor Michael Clune started college as a first generation college student, he wanted to be a lawyer. However, after being exposed to various courses under his school’s distribution requirements,...

A class from CWRU meets a class from prison for discussion

Students, both inmates and from CWRU, discussed social issues as a group.
Parallel classes taught at CWRU, in prison meet for discussion
November 20, 2015

Students enrolled in USSO 290M waited early on Saturday, Nov. 14 for the bus to take them to prison. They were heading to the Lorain Correctional Institution, a state prison less than an hour’s drive...

“Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us” chosen as the 2015 common reading book

Claude Steele is an author, social psychologist and executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Berkeley. His book about combatting stereotypes is the common reading book for the fall of 2015.
April 20, 2015

Brent Staples whistled Vivaldi and other classical music as he walked down the streets of Chicago as a young African-American graduate student, hoping to combat the negative stereotypes that he saw on...

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