Members of the Undergraduate Council approved a paid partnership with the Harvard Business School’s new online platform HBX and announced the launch of the Council’s new website at their general meeting Sunday.
HBX will pay the UC to publicize upcoming online courses—including three online courses on business analytics, accounting, and management economics slated to launch next June—and arrange opportunities for HBX representatives to set up information tables in Upperclassmen House dining halls.
“This is a great means of creating another source of revenue for the UC while at the same time providing a service to campus which is something that students universally can take advantage of,” Dhruv P. Goyal ’16, chair of the UC Education committee, said after the meeting.
The contract stipulates that the UC will receive at least $1,500 in compensation for its first year and a minimum of $3,000 for the following year.
Goyal insisted that the HBX contract secured by his committee, while indicative of financial concerns faced by the UC, does not require the Council to approve any other partnerships in the future.
“It’s not just anybody that can come and ask us for publicity in exchange for a fee,” Goyal said, emphasizing the affiliation of HBX and its purported applicability to undergraduates.
The UC also publicized the official launch of its new website, which Student Relations Committee Chair Ava Nasrollahzadeh '16 said will be more “interactive,” “useful for students,” and “current.”
The launch comes after months of delays and a goal advanced by UC President Gus A. Mayopoulos ’15 to launch the site by the beginning of the Spring term.
Nasrollahzadeh attributed the slowed rollout to several problems, including the difficulty of maintaining a web designer and the time required to produce new content for the site.
Still, Nasrollahzadeh praised ways she said the new site will facilitate better interaction between the Council and students by incorporating polls, pictures, and comedic elements.
“We are figuring out how to connect in a better and more relevant way to the students,” she said.