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Harvard undergraduates would be required to fulfill distribution requirements, complete a quantitative-based course, and take fewer general education courses in new, consolidated categories as part of a drastically altered General Education program, should members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences vote to approve a new proposal in the coming months.
As the department’s inaugural class, the five sophomores will help determine the future of the program, as well as offer feedback on its structure and ability to offer a fulfilling academic experience to students interested in many aspects of the performing arts.
Before Faculty ultimately make any changes to the program, Undergraduate Council member Scott Ely '18 said he wants to make sure College students and their opinions are factors in the decision-making process.
Thousands of essays, journals, and other archival documents from the 17th and 18th centuries are now available online, after a group of University libraries launched the Colonial North American Project website last week.
Among other changes, the 40-year-old library will have its solid walls and windows replaced with glass walls, visually integrating the space with the Greenhouse Cafe and Science Center exterior.
Currently, students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are billed a $25 fee each year that goes toward funding Graduate Student Council meetings, as well as conferences and summer research grants.
The program, which could help nearly 10,000 low-income high school students, could help bring in new students to the Harvard Extension School.
The General Education review committee has vetted tentative proposals to overhaul the program that a spring report deemed “failing on a variety of fronts.”
After a divided discussion on Wednesday, the Graduate Student Council ultimately voted to stand in support of members of a graduate student unionization movement.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences together heard emerging details of what a renewed program in General Education could look like in the aftermath of the release of a report that deemed the College’s foundational curriculum “failing on a variety of fronts.”
Harvard’s library system has reduced spending by $25 million in aggregate since 2009, largely due to a two-year restructuring effort completed in August 2012, according to an update distributed to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences prior to its meeting on Tuesday.
Faculty members and administrators have vetted proposals to drastically overhaul the College’s General Education program, such as lowering the number of required courses.
“Everyone has the impression that Frank has a $400 million check in his pocket,” said Sean R. Eddy, a professor of Applied Mathematics. “And of course it doesn’t work that way.”
The athletic communications office is often overlooked, but it is influential in its efforts to promote Harvard’s varsity sports teams.
Federal grant cuts, private foundations and other non-federal sources have stepped up their contributions to minimize the damage to University operations.