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Criteria for a University Theme House - Academic (UTH-A)

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What are the Criteria for a University Theme House-Academic? 

  1. Leadership Team Applicants for a UTH-A will constitute a leadership team that can represent the sustained commitment of a department and/or academic unit and/or other permanent Stanford group representation. The team will ensure the potential for the theme to have longevity supported by this required institutional scaffolding. 
  2. Theme Interest and Demand To have the greatest opportunity to succeed, applicants will have evidence of student interest in the proposed theme, or a convincing statement about how the theme will meet real needs/desires/interests of undergraduates on campus. The theme must demonstrate sufficient interest to fill a residence in its entirety. Themes will be placed in appropriate residences by the University Residence Governance Council. Applicants who are currently based within residences (RFs, in particular) must note that they may have to take up premises on campus other than their current dorm.
  3. Integrated Learning & Intellectual Vitality The themes should be, broadly speaking, focused on fostering the intellectual life of the house in a way that aligns with the university’s learning priorities and that convincingly allies with established academic groupings on campus. This will usually be shown through plans that demonstrate all of the following desiderata: an intellectually credible and stimulating theme that encourages reflection and action on the part of its residents, credit-bearing courses run in the UTH-A by the UTH-A each quarter and/or a cogent sequence of workshops, or weekend events, or field-trips, a definable residential program that enhances learning incrementally through the year, mandated requirements of residents that encourage and model a shared commitment to the residential and/or broader community
  4. Institutional Commitment and Clear Resource Stream For the theme to be successful in the residence, it is important for leadership teams to have an operations and logistics plan that shows an understanding of the resources required to run the theme and the annual deployment of those resources. Departments, divisions, and other organizations are effectively considered sponsors and must articulate their level of commitment and provide adequate resources, whether these are dedicated colleagues, expertise, funds, or other measurable forms of support, people, materials or assets. A proposal may draw support from multiple sponsoring units.
  5. Measures of success To ensure that themes are designed and implemented with the best chance of being a positive experience for all participants, leadership teams must indicate how they will demonstrate success annually, especially for formal review and audit. CoRL’s review will lead by determining how well these declared objectives correlate with evidence-based outcomes.

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Apply to be a University Theme House - Academic (UTH-A)

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