Zeph Stewart, master of Lowell House, yesterday told the Faculty Council that he "has doubts" about a proposal that would require each House to offer from three to six House courses a year.
Stewart said last night his objections to the proposal are:
since the Houses are "primarily non-academic in purpose," the proposal may be overly formal; and
the proposed House course plan could "draw financial and personal resources from other programs" like the Freshman Seminar program, departmental tutorials and General Education courses.
Sources close to the council said the council had originally intended to place the new House course plan--which the Committee on Undergraduate Education proposed--on the agenda for the April Faculty meeting, but now will not send any House course legislation to the Faculty until May or later.
Under the proposal, each House would get about $5000 a year from the General Education office and possibly outside donors to finance the House courses.