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From the Archives: Grade Inflation at Harvard

On Tuesday, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris stated that the median grade at Harvard College is an A-, prompting commentators the world over to criticize the perceived leniency of the College's grading standards. But this is not the first time such an outcry has occurred, nor is it likely to be the last. Below, Flyby presents a collection of news stories on grade inflation at Harvard over the years, from The Crimson’s archives.

Mourner in Memorial Church
History

From the Archives: The Crimson's Coverage of the Kennedy Assassination

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy '40, Flyby presents a special collection of news stories from the archives. Click on the headlines below to see more of The Crimson's coverage of the assassination and its aftermath, in Dallas and D.C., and at Harvard.

Books

Launch of Digital Dickinson Archive Clouded by Controversy

Wednesday’s launch of the Emily Dickinson Archive, a Harvard-led open-access website compiling hundreds of images of the poet’s surviving manuscripts, was supposed to be a celebration of successful scholarly collaboration. But a public dispute with Amherst College over control of and credit for the project has clouded the once-heralded launch.

Final Clubs

Final Clubs Through the Decades

With punch season now in full swing, it’s time to present the results of Flyby’s first-ever Final Club Survey. The online survey was emailed out last month to 4,838 sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and was partially or fully completed 1,927 times (though it should be noted that individuals could have taken the survey more than once). In the fourth installment of a six-part series, we take a break from reporting on our results to share with you a compilation of some Crimson-reported snippets from the past eight decades of the final clubs' storied history.

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Men's Lacrosse

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

The 1913 Harvard men's lacrosse team. Row 1: See, Eaton, Gustafon, Conant, Conway, Onthank, Lincoln, Nightingale. Row 2: Long, Abbe, Simmons, Beatley, Churchill, Brock. Row 3: Catton, Lucas, Wilson, Brundage, Hallock.

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Men's Lacrosse

Crossing Into History

The story of the national champion 1913 Harvard men's lacrosse team.

On Campus

That Pesky Language Requirement was Just as Pesky in 1955

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

Harvard in the City

Harvard Men Urged to Miss School and Compete in the 1896 Olympics

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

Politics

In 1946, W.H. Auden Was Frightened by Harvard Students

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

Harvard Film Archive
Film

The Harvard Film Archive

Comprising close to 25,000 film prints, negatives, and other paracinematic materiall, the HFA’s collection is one of the largest university-based film collections in the world. HFA Director Haden Guest, described the collection as “Ali Baba’s cave of material.”

Politics

Building Memorial Church, Swamping a Celebrity, Resisting HUAC

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

Politics

Remedying 'Social Evil' and 'Guilty' Liberal Journalists

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

College

Over the 'Cliffe: Women Narrate Harvard

The night before Jean B. Gleason’s final exam in a competitive class, she could not sleep. The phone in her ...

Undergraduate Council

Preserving Humanity and Saving Harvard

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

History

In 1953, Harvard Tuition Was Hiked to $800

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

Data Sculpture
Visual Arts

Painting by the Numbers: Data Visualization

School at School
Columns

What We Forget About School: School

Head of the Charles
Men's Crew

Head of the Charles 2014

Understanding Faith
Columns

Understanding Faith