That earnest publicist, Dr. Bernard I. Bell, has at length in a letter to the Times laid the ghost of the ubiquitous but mistaken idea that Harvard's "House Plan" is intended to duplicate the English college system as exemplified at Oxford and Cambridge.
As Warden Bell points out, the difference is twofold; first the Oxonian colleges, rather than the University itself, assume most of the responsibility for teaching. Secondly, the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge are mutually "self-supporting, self-determining and self-contained corporations". Neither arrangement will obtain at Harvard, for the House Plan is a dormitory reform and nothing more. --The Daily Princetonian.