Students studying in front of Huntsman Hall
Credit: Max Mester
We all come to the University of Pennsylvania from different backgrounds, interests, goals, and experiences, but there’s one thing we all share in our coming here: we want to receive a Penn education. This often means research, access to cutting edge professors, a challenging yet rewarding suite of coursework, an endless array of things to study. At the same time, our Penn education can be full of roadblocks and disappointments; when we arrive here, we are faced with a million opportunities, but also the fact that everything we were promised upon admission to our university isn’t always fulfilled. Criticism and changemaking can be the greatest act of love — we ask for change in our community because we want it to be the best that it can be.
The Student Committee on Undergraduate Education, or SCUE, was the first branch of student government at Penn. Founded in 1965, we were created as a merger between the men’s and women’s student governments, which led to the full integration of the men’s and women’s colleges at Penn in 1974. The effort was spearheaded by Judith Rodin (C ‘66), who would go on to be President of the University. Today, SCUE serves as the education policy branch of student government, acting as advocates for student interests and advisors to faculty and administration in revising education policy.
We’ve spearheaded projects from Take Your Professor to Lunch to the development of Penn Course Review, and have influenced administrative decisions like the extension of pass/fail grading during the pandemic, revamp of Penn InTouch to Path …