Year in Review
Now, with the changes nearly complete, members and university governance experts say that these reforms have been largely successful. Along with its growth in size, the Corporation has expanded its contact with Harvard’s stakeholders by adding members that are increasingly involved with Harvard life.
In the wake of these difficult discussions, University employees have raised concerns over the nature of Harvard’s approach to labor relations after the financial crisis.
Some students feel more affinity with fellow concentrators than others. And on a campus that is brimming with extracurriculars, social organizations, and the residential House system, concentration community is just one element of the student experience.
In the wake of the cheating scandal in Government 1310: “Introduction to Congress,” a course that had a reputation as an easy course, Harvard’s academic culture has come under fire. Among the issues at hand is the shirking of scholastic rigor, a practice that many argue is nothing new at Harvard.
The resident deans hold a dual role within the framework of the College, interacting with students both as academic instructors and as House-level advisers. Current and former administrators say that over the past several decades the position has evolved from a role that drew an equal balance between scholarly and administrative work into a job that entails a sometimes overwhelming list of bureaucratic duties.
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Now, as Harvard sees some of its key research grants reduced by the federal sequester, which set funding cuts into motion on March 1 to reduce the federal budget deficit, University programs like the HCRP may experience greater demand as student interest in research continues to grow.
In a year when the balance of power has tipped decidedly toward administrators, faculty largely agree: the forums available for faculty voice are not working as they should.
The University's highest governing body—the Harvard Corporation—has nearly completed the first major structural reforms in its 360-year-old history in an effort to increase the board's engagement with the community and knowledge base.
As enrollment in the humanities has fallen, from 321 senior concentrators in 2010 to 284 in 2012, faculty and students are looking to counter what has proven to be a global shift away from the humanities.
Limited by the fact that administrators cannot police an illegal activity like underage drinking, many say Harvard has yet to find a solution to the freshman drinking problem.
Harvard has bolstered its investment in research through summer opportunities and other University-sponsored programs that could draw more interest with the shortage of federal funding.