If “Large, small departments grapple with class size” why doesn’t the College hire more tenure-track professors? More classes taught by more professors seems a better answer than booting students from the courses they want to take. Registrar Charles Toomajian thinks the class size problem can be solved if “departments make careful decisions about class size.” CEP member Max Weinstein agrees. Why not aim high, reach far and ask for more teachers?
Williams’ first priority ought to be quality of classroom work. Let’s make expanding the faculty with even more of America’s greatest intellects the College’s next big capital project. I hope that the Board, the Committee on Priorities and Resources and the administration agree that even more important than newer, bigger, better, sexier buildings and facilities is our intellectual infrastructure – challenging small classes with great teachers.
Morgan Barth ’02