Template talk:Columbia

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Major reorganization[edit]

I significantly reworked the previously really ugly and disorganized template. Some explanations:

  • Schools can fit in more than one category; Barnard and SEAS are the two examples.
  • I did not also include the nursing school in the undergraduate category as its bachelor's degree program (yes, it does have one) is a specialized one only for those already with bachelor's degrees.
  • I admit that dividing the graduate schools into two categories is somewhat arbitrary and primarily in order to keep one section from being much larger than the others. I think the distinction I've made, however--the "professional" law, business, and medicine schools on one side, and the "graduate" humanities, sciences, and social sciences on the other--is a reasonable, traditional, and justifiable one. YLee (talk) 09:44, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

I further streamlined the template by deleting all the redundant "College of" and "School of" text. The goal was to 1) use the name people actually use to refer to each school ("Architecture," instead of "Architecture, Planning, and Preservation") 2) and, at the same time, have the name intelligible to outsiders ("Engineering" instead of "SEAS," although people in my experience really do use the former more often than the latter). I wish there was a way to refer to GSAS or SIPA besides those abbreviations, but there isn't, and their full names are just too long. However, Columbians do at least commonly use those abbreviations to refer to those schools, fulfilling at least one of my two criterias. YLee (talk) 21:39, 1 March 2008 (UTC)