aliarrow wrote: dakatz wrote:
Again, to me this is useless information. It is second hand. BU knows that if it dramatically cuts its class size that it is a good thing to talk about. Why hasn't it publicly stated this? If it has, then I would think OP should consider this as a good thing (it will further reduce the student/faculty rate). Wouldn't you think that BU would want to highlight the fact that it will be providing a more intimate learning environment? The same thing goes for the construction of the new building. Assuming that they are going to be starting construction next school year, I would imagine that BU would have made a public announcement to the that effect. I don't know if they've done so or not, but I would imagine that more people would be talking about this if they had done so.
At this point, both are still aspirational unless they've confirmed that they plan to do so.
The class size reduction they have told students. I heard it being discussed during accepted students events. The building construction start date isn't set in stone so they don't want to jinx it by telling the class of 2014 they will have a year in the new building unless they are sure it is going to happen on that timeframe. And since its not set in stone yet, thats probably why they are holding off.
They announced the new building at the ASD, if I recall correctly they said it *should* be up 2014
So then I would say that this is useful information. Again, BU is clearly making a run on its law school reputation. They've been throwing money at the program for years. It bodes well for its current students and shows that the school values its law program. However, I think there should be some caution with taking administrations on their prospective plans because they are exactly that, plans that have yet to be implemented. For example, they may decide to cut class sizes by only 10 students (which would be fully consistent with their message of cutting class sizes, but have little impact on student/faculty ratios or provide any meaningful difference to educational quality).
Just so I better understand, is the current matriculating class (i.e., the class of 2014) the reduced class year? Or is it the class of 2015?
Either way, it will be interesting to see how either of these two plans affects BU's rankings. Presumably student quality will go up as a result of a lower class number (it should be noted that BU's class is currently bigger than BC's class) and that should benefit BU. Spending per student would also likely go up (both due to reduced class size and to increased budget due to construction related costs - a temporary blip).
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On a side note, as a BC alum, I am slightly concerned that BC has generally not been very proactive about *correcting* perceived problems with its law program. In my opinion they have clearly decided to spend more resources building their undergrad program than the law program (i.e., see the purchase of the old Catholic seminary grounds, new undergraduate housing, etc.). Perhaps the hope is that the improvements in undergrad reputation will allow their other programs, including the law program, to increase in reputation as well). I am not sure that any of this really translates into the quality of actual program though as I felt I had a first-rate education at BC. However, BC can only rest on its laurels for so long considering that BU is making an active play for a better law program. Hopefully it will spur BC to spend additional resources to improve its program as well.