New Member Application
The fall application cycle will open on August 31st, and it will be available here. Applications are due Friday, September 7th at 11:59pm.
Thank you for your interest in applying to SCUE! We stress that there is no specific kind of SCUE member, so be yourself and show off your creativity in your application.
Do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com for any questions regarding the application.
Below is information regarding the Case Study portion of the application.
IMPORTANT: There is a mandatory Case Study component of the application that will be uploaded with the application form. Please read the following information carefully.
Please choose one of the articles below that speak about higher education that pertains to both Penn and other universities. The goal of this portion of the application is for you to brainstorm a solution to a problem (if described) or brainstorm ways to innovate in the space the article details. On SCUE, we focus on identifying ways that we can improve the undergraduate education experience. We work alongside both administrators and our peers to 1) tackle important issues facing Penn students and 2) innovate new ways to approach education here at Penn. The following questions will give you a taste of how we approach new projects on SCUE. Based on the article of your choice, please develop a recommendation for improving the undergraduate academic experience in that space.
Academic Support for Marginalized Students:
- First-generation low-income students say Penn’s job resources fall short
- ‘The % Project’ highlights gender and racial disparities at Penn on social media
Innovation in the Classroom:
- Active learning classes leave students dissatisfied
- Adapting courses for the digital era: the professors' perspective
- Penn's double vision – Dual-degree programs mesh nicely with the University's new goals. But while a new program exemplifies the trend, others are stuck in limbo
- Cross discipline research can be blocked by bureaucracy
Academic Support for Student Athletes:
By no means is this list of articles and issues exhaustive. If you have another article that you are interested in exploring, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours before the due date for approval.
- Describe the status quo surrounding the topic described in your article of choice. Where are we now? Who are the key players on all sides of the issue? What is the background on the issue? Please focus specifically on the issue at Penn, even if the article is about another university. We understand that some of you may be new to Penn, but be bold and try your best (hint: think about the challenges a student at Penn may face)! (Suggested word count: 200-300 words)
- Suggest an idea to improve on or innovate within this area at Penn. How would you go about implementing your plan? (Think big! Don’t be afraid to come up with something totally out of the box!). Give us an elevator pitch (of paragraph length) and a short bulleted outline of steps you’d take to make this happen.
- What roadblocks do you foresee, and how do you see yourself moving past them? Consider roadblocks with administration, students, and the institutional sustainability of the recommendation. (Suggested word count: 100-200 words).
We will be having two Meet and Greet events for you to informally meet SCUEbies and get help with your application!
- SCUE Meet and Greet: 9/5 and 9/6 from 6-8pm on College Green – Have questions about the application? Want to run your ideas by a SCUE member? Come talk to us! We're here to help!