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March 28, 2017

From:  Millery Polyné and Hallie Franks

Subject: Fall 2017 Senior Project Submission Deadline - May 1

 

Dear Gallatin Advisers,
This is to let you know that students will be receiving information regarding the May 1st submission deadline for fall 2017 Senior Project proposal forms. Students have been instructed to seek your approval well in advance of this deadline.

As an adviser, you should know the following:

  • The Gallatin faculty has revised the Project Description requirement of the Senior Project proposal. Students must explicitly explain their preparation to carry out their project. They will need to elaborate on the skills and methods that are required to complete the project as well as the intellectual or theoretical background required for the project. You can review the complete guidelines here. Please note that Senior Project proposals will not be approved if the student cannot demonstrate adequate preparation. Therefore, we ask that you pay close attention to the student’s project description before you approve the student’s proposal.
  • Senior Project proposals are reviewed by the Senior Project Committee comprised of Gallatin faculty. The Committee will assume that your approval of an advisee’s senior project proposal signifies genuine support for the project. Therefore, if you have questions about the validity of the study, please do not automatically sign or approve the proposal form. Rather, work with the student until she or he presents a study you can approve.
  • Students have been instructed that submitting a proposal does not guarantee approval. The Committee might decide that the proposal is better suited as a Gallatin Independent Study and will provide the student with specific instruction on how to resubmit the project as an independent study. The key difference between a senior project and an independent study is that a senior project outlines a feasible research project, whereas an independent study need not do so.
  • Because the Senior Project Committee must schedule a meeting to review proposals, it is not possible for students to submit late proposals. Therefore, the May 1st deadline must be respected by students, advisers and mentors.

The below correspondence will be sent to students regarding planning a Fall 2017 Senior Project.

If you have any questions regarding proposal submissions, please contact Kathe Ann Joseph (katheann.joseph@nyu.edu).  If you have other academic questions about tutorials or independent studies, please contact one of us.

 

Sincerely,

Millery Polyne & Hallie Franks
Co-Chairs, Senior Project Committee

 

Email to Students Regarding Fall 2017 Senior Project

March 30, 2017

Subject: Planning a Senior Project for Fall 2017?

Dear Gallatin Student,

If you are thinking about planning a Senior Project for fall 2017, please read this entire message.

All Senior Project proposals are due for review at Gallatin no later than Monday, May 1, 2017. It is essential for you to follow these instructions:

1. Before submitting your proposal, read the entire policy and procedure information on Gallatin’s Senior Project website.

Please pay special attention to the recommendations on planning for a Senior Project (including undertaking an independent study as a form of preparation) and the timing of Senior Projects (which must take place in a different semester from colloquia).

2. Complete the online Senior Project Proposal form. Be sure to attach the required components (description and bibliography) and submit it no later than Monday, May 1, 2017.

If proposals received by this deadline do not include all required components and approval signatures the Committee will not be able to review your project for Fall 2017.

3. Confirm that both your adviser and faculty mentor have submitted their approval to Gallatin by the May 1 deadline.

4. Look for email correspondence from Gallatin informing you of the Senior Project Committee’s decision on your proposal. If your proposal is not approved, the Committee may recommend that you resubmit your project as an independent study or consider taking an alternate course.

Decisions regarding Senior Project proposals are final and cannot be appealed.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following:

Policy Questions:
Senior Class Adviser, Meredith Theeman (meredith.theeman@nyu.edu)
Senior Class Adviser , Benjamin Brooks (benjamin.brooks@nyu.edu)

Registration Procedures:
Student Services Administrator, Kathe Ann Joseph (katheann.joseph@nyu.edu)

We hope this information is useful to you.

Sincerely,

Millery Polyne & Hallie Franks
Co-Chairs, Senior Project Committee

 



April 21, 2017

From: Millery Polyné and Patrick McCreery

Subject: Gallatin Undergraduate Program Academic Policy Updates 2017

 

Dear Gallatin Advisers,

We are writing to alert you to some important changes that will be coming in the 2017-2018 academic year in the Gallatin undergraduate program. The following changes were decided by the Gallatin faculty after much discussion and review, and we are hoping these changes will help both you and your advisees. While this communication provides only a summary of the changes, you can review the details on the Academic Policy Updates: Undergraduate Program Changes 2017 webpage.

1. Internship Program Revision - The number of credits/units a student can receive for an Internship will be based upon the academic workload or the number of Gallatin assignments as determined by the student and adviser. (So, the number of credits/units for a Gallatin Internship will no longer be determined by the number of hours a student is working at the internship placement site. All internship students will work a minimum of 8-10 hours per week at the placement site over the course of the semester, regardless of the number of credits/units they seek.) In advance of starting work at an internship placement, students will be asked to articulate their learning objectives and activities (i.e., what do they hope to learn and how do they think they will achieve this), and to identify and describe one or more of four internship models they will pursue:

  • Industry Focused (including Observerships)
  • Service-Based Learning
  • Embedded in a Gallatin Course
  • Research Internship

2. IAPC (Intellectual Autobiography and Plan For Concentration) Deadline for New Junior Transfer Students - Students who transfer into Gallatin with 64 or more units must complete this requirement during their first semester at Gallatin (Deadline: summer/fall admits – November 1; spring admits – April 1).

3. New Rationale Deadlines and Registration Block - For students graduating in May, adviser-approved Rationales must be submitted to Gallatin no later than November 1. For students graduating in September, the deadline will be April 1. For students graduating in January, the deadline will be October 1. Seniors who fail to submit a Rationale by the deadline will have a registration hold placed on their accounts. The hold will remain in place until an adviser-approved Rationale has been submitted to Gallatin.

4. Senior Project Revision - The Senior Project proposal description has been revised to help students better understand the preparation and rigor required for undertaking a Senior Project. Students must explicitly demonstrate their preparation to carry out their project. They will need to elaborate on the skills and methods that are required to complete the project, as well as the intellectual or theoretical background they have acquired in order to complete the project to a high standard in a semester. Proposals will not be approved by the Senior Project Committee if the student cannot demonstrate adequate preparation. Students whose proposals are denied are redirected to scale back the project and do it as a Gallatin Independent Study.

5. Expanded Options for External Study - Undergraduate students may apply to complete up to 8 credits/units of external study per term, with a maximum of 16 credits/units over the course of the B.A. degree. Students on a leave of absence can be approved to study at another university. With this change students may now receive credit for a course that is similar to a course offered by NYU.

Please be sure to visit and bookmark the Academic Policy Updates: Undergraduate Program Changes 2017 webpage for more information about each of these changes. In addition, look for more communications from various Gallatin offices about specifics related to these changes as the fall 2017 semester approaches.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these new policies please feel free to contact either of us.

We send best wishes to all of you as the spring semester comes to a close.

Sincerely,
Millery Polyné                                                                                    Patrick McCreery
Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs                             Associate Dean of Students
millery.polyne@nyu.edu                                                                    patrick.mccreery@nyu.edu

 



April 28, 2017

Subject: New Rationale Deadlines Effective Fall 2017

 

Dear Seniors and Rising Seniors,

As you are finishing the semester and looking forward to next year, we wanted to reach out to let you know about new deadlines for submitting the adviser-approved rationale, which will impact your planning for the year.

The Gallatin faculty recently voted to implement new rationale submission deadlines:
January 2018 graduates: October 1, 2017
May 2018 graduates: November 1, 2017
September 2018 graduates: April 1, 2018

Please note that these are firm deadlines. Students who fail to meet the deadline will have a registration hold placed on their Albert account for the following term. This means that if you are planning to graduate in May 2018 and fail to submit the rationale by November 1, you will not be able to register for Spring 2018 until the rationale is submitted. January candidates who miss the October 1 deadline may need to delay their graduation until May. We encourage you to submit the rationale well in advance of these final deadlines.

You should work with your adviser far in advance to develop a timeline and review drafts. This process will take several weeks or more.

Most faculty advisers will not be available to advise in a significant way during the summer months. If you are planning to graduate in January 2018 or May 2018, you should schedule a meeting with your adviser before the end of this semester to develop a concrete plan for the summer. You are encouraged to work independently over the summer so that you will be ready to present your adviser with a complete draft at the beginning of the fall semester. January graduates should plan to submit a first draft by the first week of classes, and May graduates should submit a draft no later than the second week of classes.

The Office of Advising will also be holding a Colloquium Workshop at 12:30pm on Tuesday, May 2 (Room 501) and a Rationale and Booklist Writing Workshop at 11:00am on Wednesday, May 3 (Room 620). Students who have additional questions about this information should get in touch with Senior Class Advisers Benjamin Brooks (benjamin.brooks@nyu.edu) and Meredith Theeman (meredith.theeman@nyu.edu).


Sincerely,

Patrick McCreery

Associate Dean of Students

 

 



May 3, 2017

From: Amy Spellacy

Subject: Rationale Deadline Information for Gallatin Advisers

 

Dear Gallatin Advisers,

I am writing to follow up on an email you should have received on April 21, 2017, from Associate Deans, Millery Polyné and Patrick McCreery, regarding new Gallatin undergraduate academic policy changes coming in 2017. My message today is to encourage you to reach out to your seniors and rising seniors to develop a timeline for completing the rationale by the new rationale submission deadlines.

Last week we sent the email below to all seniors and rising seniors to let them know about the new deadlines. If you haven’t already heard from your advisees about this, please arrange to meet with them before the end of the semester to develop a plan for the summer and the fall. It will be crucial for students to make good use of the summer months in order to be ready to submit the rationale by the fall deadlines. Please meet with your students now to help them set a timeline for working independently over the summer.

A few reminders for advisers:

  • We will be placing registration holds on all students who fail to meet the new submission deadlines. We will not be able to lift the hold for your advisees unless we have received the adviser-approved rationale and booklist.
  •  For a detailed overview of the new rationale deadline policy, please see the Academic Policy Updates website.
  • Please feel free to consult the Colloquium and Rationale resources on the Gallatin website, and direct students to these pages as well.
  • As a reminder, students are encouraged to complete the Colloquium in the penultimate semester before graduation. Please consult the calendars and schedules information on the Gallatin website for more details about Colloquium timing.
  • Students should plan to register for COLLQ-UG in the semester when they plan to complete the colloquium. COLLQ-UG is required for students admitted Summer 2015 and later (please check your advisees’ degree requirements to confirm).
  • When you meet with your advisees, you should also discuss whether they plan to apply for a Senior Project. The earlier rationale submission deadlines should allow more students to submit Senior Project proposals (which are due on Dec. 1 for Senior Projects to be completed in the Spring term, and May 1 for Senior Projects to be completed in the Fall term).

Since many students find drafting the rationale daunting, you may want to talk with your advisees about breaking the project into more manageable assignments. We know that many of you have strategies for helping students to draft the rationale. If you have ideas you would like to share with your colleagues, please send that information to me and I can compile the advice to be shared with all advisers. Here are a few suggestions from our Senior Class Advisers Ben Brooks and Meredith Theeman:

  • Collect and review syllabi for potential texts that are important to the development of your concentration.
  • Compile a master list of texts (40-50 texts) that might be useful to the development of your rationale and to the colloquium discussion. Consider the four booklist categories and how you will meet their criteria.
  • After compiling the master list, start re-reading and/or skimming these texts. Write something akin to an annotated bibliography that explains the text and explores the potential value of the text to the concentration.
  • Write a one-page description of your concentration, including a few questions/themes/ideas that you think will be central to the rationale/colloquium. You might think of these questions as “nested.” What are the broader questions that describe your interests and areas of academic focus? What sub-questions would you like to consider?
  • For the visually inclined, make a web/map to draw connections between classes, texts, and authors.

Students may contact Gallatin Class Advisers with questions. Junior Class Adviser Matt Gregory and Senior Class Advisers Ben Brooks and Meredith Theeman have developed particular expertise in coaching students on the rationale process. Students should also check the Junior Class and Senior Class websites for future rationale and colloquium workshops.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any additional questions about this information.

Best wishes,
Amy Spellacy
Assistant Dean of Advising

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Email sent to Gallatin Seniors and Rising Seniors on April 28, 2017:

Dear Seniors and Rising Seniors,

As you are finishing the semester and looking forward to next year, we wanted to reach out to let you know about new deadlines for submitting the adviser-approved rationale, which will impact your planning for the year.

The Gallatin faculty recently voted to implement new rationale submission deadlines:
January 2018 graduates: October 1, 2017
May 2018 graduates: November 1, 2017
September 2018 graduates: April 1, 2018

Please note that these are firm deadlines. Students who fail to meet the deadline will have a registration hold placed on their Albert account for the following term. This means that if you are planning to graduate in May 2018 and fail to submit the rationale by November 1, you will not be able to register for Spring 2018 until the rationale is submitted. January candidates who miss the October 1 deadline may need to delay their graduation until May. We encourage you to submit the rationale well in advance of these final deadlines.

You should work with your adviser far in advance to develop a timeline and review drafts. This process will take several weeks or more.

Most faculty advisers will not be available to advise in a significant way during the summer months. If you are planning to graduate in January 2018 or May 2018, you should schedule a meeting with your adviser before the end of this semester to develop a concrete plan for the summer. You are encouraged to work independently over the summer so that you will be ready to present your adviser with a complete draft at the beginning of the fall semester. January graduates should plan to submit a first draft by the first week of classes, and May graduates should submit a draft no later than the second week of classes.

The Office of Advising will also be holding a Colloquium Workshop at 12:30pm on Tuesday, May 2 (Room 501) and a Rationale and Booklist Writing Workshop at 11:00am on Wednesday, May 3 (Room 620). Students who have additional questions about this information should get in touch with Senior Class Advisers Benjamin Brooks (benjamin.brooks@nyu.edu) and Meredith Theeman (meredith.theeman@nyu.edu).

 


Sincerely,

Patrick McCreery

Associate Dean of Students

 

 



September 5, 2017

From: Gallatin Office of Advising

Subject: Important! Your rationale due date for Fall 2017

 

Dear Senior,

Our records show that you are approaching graduation, possibly this academic year.
As you should know, the due dates for adviser-approved Rationales are as follows:

Students planning to graduate in:             The adviser-approved Rationale must be submitted to Gallatin no later than:
January 2018                                             October 1, 2017
May 2018                                                  November 1, 2017

Students who fail to submit the adviser-approved Rationale to Gallatin by the deadline above will have a registration hold placed on their accounts. The hold will remain in place until an adviser-approved Rationale has been submitted to Gallatin.

Holds will be placed immediately following the dates listed above. If a hold is placed on your account that you believe is not accurate, you should reach out to your Senior Class Adviser right away. Please plan to check Albert well before your assigned registration time to verify whether you have a hold on your account.

Please consult the Colloquium and Rationale resources on the Gallatin website.

 


Sincerely,
Gallatin Office of Advising



September 6, 2017

From: Millery Polyné and Patrick McCreery

Subject: Gallatin Undergraduate Program Academic Policy Updates 2017


Dear Gallatin Advisers,

Welcome to the Fall semester. In April 2017, we announced several changes that will be coming in the 2017-2018 academic year in the Gallatin undergraduate program. We now want to remind you of these changes and mention updates. While this communication provides only a summary of the topics, you can review the details on the Academic Policy Update webpage (please bookmark this page!). In addition, look for communications from various Gallatin offices about specifics related to these changes throughout the semester.

We are hoping these changes/updates listed below will help both you and your advisees. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these topics please feel free to contact either of us.

We send best wishes to all of you for the semester ahead.

Sincerely,


Millery Polyné                                                                                         Patrick McCreery
Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs                                     Associate Dean of Students
millery.polyne@nyu.edu                                                                         patrick.mccreery@nyu.edu
 

 

1. New Rationale Deadlines and Registration Block
Seniors who fail to submit the adviser-approved Rationale to Gallatin by the deadline below will have a registration hold placed on their accounts. The hold will remain in place until an adviser-approved Rationale has been submitted to Gallatin.
Students planning to graduate in:         The adviser-approved Rationale must be submitted to Gallatin no later than:
January 2018                                            October 1, 2017
May 2018                                                 November 1, 2017
September 2018                                       April 1, 2018

 

2. Revised Rationale Description
The Rationale is a short (five to eight pages) paper that provides a foundation and scaffolding for the conversation the student will have at their Colloquium. The Rationale focuses on ideas, questions, and lines of inquiry that have emerged from the pursuit of the student’s concentration, and which they find particularly compelling. These ideas should be discussed in reflection with several texts drawn from all areas of the Booklist. This should be interdisciplinary (connecting different fields and methods) and historically aware (connecting different times and places).

A strong Rationale shows the student’s ability to engage with the scholarly debates and divergent perspectives relevant to their Colloquium topic. In particular, the texts from the Booklist should be put in conversation with each other so as to illuminate and illustrate the ideas at the core of the student’s Colloquium. The student should use this disciplinary, historical, and cultural diversity to examine the concentration from multiple viewpoints and lay out fruitful topics for Colloquium discussion. The Rationale is not expected to have an argument or thesis. Rather, it should have a tentative, speculative approach. It should embrace uncertainty and unresolved questions: it is a map for a conversation, not an encyclopedia entry.

The Rationale should be proofread carefully for spelling, grammar, and the format of citations (if any). It should not involve significant jargon, and should be understandable by readers from a variety of fields. Items on the Booklist should be identified with complete bibliographic information, including full title, name of author, and date of publication.

3. Sample Rationales, Booklists, and IAPCs Website (https://wp.nyu.edu/gallatin-advising/)
The Gallatin faculty has created a website consisting of several annotated samples of students' Rationales, Booklists, and IAPCs. Gallatin students and advisers must enter their NYU NetID and password before being able to access this site. Students should discuss these samples with their advisers, as every concentration will have unique needs not accounted for in these examples.

4. Internship Program Revision
The number of credits/units a student can receive for an Internship will be based upon the academic workload or the number of Gallatin assignments as determined by the student and adviser. (So, the number of credits/units for a Gallatin Internship will no longer be determined by the number of hours a student is working at the internship placement site. All internship students will work a minimum of 8-10 hours per week at the placement site over the course of the semester, regardless of the number of credits/units they seek.) In advance of starting work at an internship placement, students will be asked to articulate their learning objectives and activities (i.e., what do they hope to learn and how do they think they will achieve this), and to identify and describe the internship model they will pursue.

5. IAPC Submission Deadline for New Junior Transfer Students
Students who transfer into Gallatin with 64 or more units must complete this requirement during their first semester at Gallatin (Deadline: summer/fall admits – November 1; spring admits – April 1).

6. Senior Project Revision
The Senior Project proposal description has been revised to help students better understand the preparation and rigor required for undertaking a Senior Project. Students must explicitly demonstrate their preparation to carry out their project. They will need to elaborate on the skills and methods that are required to complete the project, as well as the intellectual or theoretical background they have acquired in order to complete the project to a high standard in a semester. Proposals will not be approved by the Senior Project Committee if the student cannot demonstrate adequate preparation. Students whose proposals are denied are redirected to scale back the project and do it as a Gallatin Independent Study.

7. Expanded Options for External Study
Undergraduate students may apply to complete up to 8 credits/units of external study per term, with a maximum of 16 credits/units over the course of the B.A. degree. Students on a leave of absence can be approved to study at another university. With this change students may now receive credit for a course that is similar to a course offered by NYU.