Higher Education

Closing the Achievement Gap
College

Closing the Achievement Gap

Graduate School of Education Professors Susan Moore Johnson and Katherine K. Merseth discuss Massachusetts’ charter school ballot measure as Harvard Foundation members Nuha Saho ’18 and Brenda Esqueda ’20 look on. The panel discussion on equity and access in education was hosted by the Harvard Foundation Tuesday night.

Closing the Achievement Gap
Race

GSE Professors Argue for Educational Reform During Discussion

Two Graduate School of Education professors argued that systemic educational reform is necessary to close the achievement gap Tuesday.

Interfaculty Initiatives

Spooky Shakespeare HarvardX Course Debuts on Halloween

A new massive open online course will debut on HarvardX Monday, but with a special Halloween twist: the course is titled “Hamlet’s Ghost.”

Politics

Jeb Bush to Join Kennedy School as Visiting Fellow this Fall

​Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will join the Kennedy School as a visiting fellow in the Program on Education Policy and Governance this fall.

Yidan Visits
Higher Education

Chinese Internet Service Co-Founder Promotes Ed Prize at Harvard

Charles Chen Yidan, co-founder of one of China’s most popular Internet service portals, visited Harvard last Thursday to raise awareness about a new educational prize he founded.

Asian American admissions graphic
College Administration

Investigating Harvard Admissions: The 1990 Education Department Inquiry

​As a lawsuit alleging discrimination in Harvard’s admissions practices remains delayed—awaiting a Supreme Court decision on the related affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin—the College’s use of race as a factor in admissions decisions has once again come under scrutiny.

Higher Education

Teachers in Training: Launching the First Class of Harvard Teacher Fellows

The Harvard Teacher Fellows program, a teacher training initiative centered at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, prepares aspiring educators to teach in under-resourced urban schools. The program recently selected its inaugural cohort of 20 fellows.

Michelle A. Rhee at the IOP
On Campus

Michelle A. Rhee at the IOP

Former chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools Michelle A. Rhee spoke with moderator Paul Reville about an education agenda for the next U.S. president during a JFK Jr. Forum event Monday evening.

College

Acceptance Letters Greeted With Screaming and Disbelief

When Michael J. Won read “Congratulations,” in big bold letters, he started shouting. When he told his mother, she started to cry.

FAS

Classics Department Encourages Pre-Meds to Consider Concentrating

​When picturing a pre-med undergraduate, one tends to think of students pouring over p-sets, staring into microscopes, and stirring beakers. And while those activities certainly apply to the experiences of pre-med students at Harvard, some additionally choose to explore another area: Classics.

"Free Harvard, Fair Harvard"
Higher Education

Overseers Survey Shows Range of Views on Affirmative Action

This year's candidates for Harvard’s Board of Overseers completed questionnaires about race-based affirmative action, revealing widespread support for more transparency in Harvard’s admissions process.​

Lamont Reserves
College

Committee Scrutinizes Access to Course Books

Members of the Committee on Undergraduate Education scrutinized students’ access to course books—with some criticizing what they consider to be inconsistent policies among course heads.

New SAT Infographic
College

Experts Put New SAT to the Test, Examining Changes and Implications

The new test comes during a time of national discussion on the accessibility, predictive ability, and consequent future of standardized testing in the college admissions process.

HLS Dean Minow
Race

Student Activists Protest Award Ceremony for Law School Dean

A group of five Harvard Law and roughly 15 to 20 Brandeis protesters stood at the back of the Brandeis library where Minow delivered her acceptance speech, holding signs and interjecting with a chant.

Harvard Medical School

Medical School Professor Appointed Wellesley President

The Wellesley College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Harvard Medical School professor Paula A. Johnson ’80 as the first African-American president of Wellesley College.