It would be amusing were it not sometimes annoying to see the misconceptions which are rife in regard to Harvard. All sorts of stories find circulation and credence throughout the country, and the public seem eager to catch the first hint of any novelty, real or unreal, and to give it circulation. A case in point is the following, clipped from the Cornell Sun:
"By a recent action of the Harvard faculty, it will be possible for the more ambitious students to complete their courses in three years. Heretofore an (?) of thirteen and a half hours per year has been required for graduate making a total of 162 hours according to the way of counting hours at Cornell. By taking eighteen hours or six full courses a year according to the new scheme the 162 hours would be passed off in three years, and the degree received. In this way many will be able to get into their business or profession one year earlier and have $1000 more to start on than they otherwise would have."
The facts of the case are these: that it has for some time been possible for a student to graduate from Harvard in three years, provided he acquit himself successfully in the requisite number of courses; but that the faculty has passed no vote to this effect recently. We notice the clipping from the Sun editorially, not by way of criticism, but simply in order to correct a misconception. The rumor has its rise, no doubt, in the discussion which has been going on of late relative to a proposed change in the length of the Harvard course from four to three years. No action whatever has as yet been taken in the matter.