Breadth Governance Board (BGB)

Overview

The Breadth Governance Board oversees the Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing (Ways) breadth system for undergraduates.  The Ways system is a process by which faculty and departments may certify their courses to fulfill the general education breadth requirement. Visit the Ways website to learn more about the program. 

Committee Membership 2018-19

CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR

  • Aron Rodrigue, Chair, Breadth Governance Board, History
  • Lynn Hildemann, Vice-Chair, Breadth Governance, Civil and Environmental Engineering

BOARD MEMBERS

  • Mark Cappelli, Mechanical Engineering - AQR, FR, SMA
  • Amir Eshel, German and Comparative Literature - AII, ED
  • Jeremy Freese, Sociology - SI , ED
  • Marisa Galvez, French and Italian - AII, CE
  • Heather Hadlock, Music - AII, CE 
  • Ari Kelman, School of Education - ER, SI
  • Richard Klein, Anthropology and Biology - AQR, FR , SMA
  • Haiyan Lee, East Asian Language and Comparative Literature - ED, ER 
  • Pavle Levi, Art and Art History - AII, CE
  • Kannan Soundararajan, Math - AQR, FR, SMA
  • Ben Gaiarin, Student, Symbolic Systems Major 
  • Navya Konda, Student, Economics Major
  • Ismail Liban, Student, Chemistry Major

EX-OFFICIOS

  • Sarah Church, VPUE, Physics
  • Kirsti Copeland, School of Engineering
  • Robyn Dunbar, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences
  • Sharon Palmer, VPUE
  • Johanna Metzgar, Registrar
  • Susan Weersing, School of Humanities and Sciences

History

The Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) recommended the change to a new Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing (Ways) breadth system as a core part of its aims for a Stanford undergraduate education (owning knowledge, honing skills and capacities, developing personal and social responsibility, and adaptive learning).  SUES and the Faculty Senate believed that undergraduate education would be better structured by shifting from a discipline-based to a skills capacity-based model of achieving breadth. To learn more, please see the charge to the Breadth Governance Board.

FULL TEXT OF THE FACULTY SENATE LEGISLATION