“Don’t get me wrong: The classes are pretty fun, and she explains concepts well. But the exams are the priority, y’know?”
On July 1, Al Bloom took office as executive vice chancellor of Duke Kunshan University. The Chronicle reached out to the DKU community to gather questions for the university’s newly inaugurated administrator and caught up virtually with Bloom to talk about his new position.
Denis Simon, Duke Kunshan University's former executive vice chancellor, came to DKU in August 2015 and has been intimately involved in all aspects of the venture.
Protests against racism and police brutality flooded the country after the May 25 killing of George Floyd, and Duke students joined in. They made signs, led chants, crafted speeches and ran from tear gas.
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Administrators from Duke Kunshan University are preparing to resume in-person instruction at the Kunshan campus this fall, according to a Monday email to students from DKU leadership.
March 10, when President Vincent Price announced classes would transition online, was a historic day for Blue Devils. Many students casually exchanged goodbyes before taking off for spring break, thinking they would see each other in just a week—only to realize days later that their time on campus had come to an abrupt end. Some would never walk across the quad as a student again.
In the aftermath of Duke’s response, The Chronicle spoke with key administrators to discuss the decisions that shaped the University’s actions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
For students who don’t have reliable internet access at home, taking classes on Zoom, or simply connecting with friends, can be an overwhelming challenge.
Since 2012, students have launched multiple campaigns to push Duke to divest from fossil fuel holdings. Eight years later, the University has not committed to full divestment. Students tell a story about bureaucratic inertia, delay and what they consider a battle for the future of our fragile planet. Administrators, however, argue that divestment would accomplish nothing because Duke’s fossil fuel holdings are very small. Here is a comprehensive history of advocacy for fossil fuel divestment at Duke.
In supplementing their majors with certificates, students gain interdisciplinary exposure and marketable skills for the workforce, while also reaping the benefits of a traditional dive into an academic field.
The wealth gap series is a collection of articles examining how wealth disparities impact students on campus. Released over four days, the articles cover topics from spending habits to resources for low-income students.
Many feel anomalous, hidden and two steps behind. More overwhelmingly, members of the first-generation, low-income community say they are tenacious, deserving and proud of their identity.
Over the last month and a half, professors have had to adjust to Duke's response to the coronavirus, which included curtailing research and moving classes online. They have had to adapt to new technology while dealing with disruptions to their academic work, and they have had to learn how to teach students in an online environment.
Amid the questioning of selectivity, some pre-professional organizations argue that it is integral to their structure.