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Course Guide no longer emphasis of SCEP

The Student Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP) will no longer publish its annual Course Evaluation Guide, according to SCEP Chairman Carl A. LaCombe '86.

Peggy Richardson, executive officer in the Undergraduate Academic Support Office, suggested that the Technology Community Association, honorary and departmental groups or Associate Advisors could compile the Guide. "I would like to see it get off the ground," she said.

"SCEP's purpose is to look at the MIT educational environment and to see how it can be improved and work to implement improvements," LaCombe said.

SCEP was originally responsible for looking into MIT's educational policy, he explained. The committee later became responsible for publishing the Guide.

"The Course Evaluation Guide ... is not what we want to focus in on," LaCombe said. "To a large extent, this SCEP is functionally different from the old SCEP."

The committee reorganized because of poor leadership in the past, according to LaCombe. The time required to compile the Guide led to a committee that "got burned out," he said. The result was that SCEP "didn't address any ... other interests."

A new group is being formed to assemble the Guide, according to Undergraduate Association (UA) President Bryan Moser '87. "The main problem right now with the Course Evaluation Guide is computational."

"So what we are looking for right now is support from" the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program or Project Athena, Moser said. "We plan on taking data this fall so that we could come out with a Guide for next fall."

SCEP searches for new goals

"The UA office decided there needed to be a SCEP that concentrated on educational policy," Moser said. "When I was first elected, no students had kept up with" the administration's changes in educational policy.

"During the summer, I asked around for interested students," he said. Moser and six other students began meeting weekly.

The group compiled a list of 20 projects "because there were things [they] thought could be improved upon," Moser said. SCEP currently focuses on the Humanities Requirement, Freshman Pass/Fail, hidden grades and the quality of education at MIT.

"SCEP will make recommendations at the faculty meetings. With the change in the provost's office we are not totally sure what will be the mode of representation," LaCombe explained.

"We definitely want to get a lot of student participation, and we are working hard on making sure the students are on committees that decide educational issues," LaCombe said.

"People in the Institute have a lot of gripes. We encourage them to come to SCEP," LaCombe said, for "sources to make the changes."