Gautam S. Kumar

Fair Value of Endowment
Endowment

Analysis: Despite Performance, HMC Portfolio To Be Tested Over Next Fiscal Year

Harvard’s endowment returns of 21.4 percent in fiscal year 2011, announced last week, beat benchmarks and were the highest in recent memory.

FAS

FAS To Revise COI Policies

A new set of regulations that will govern faculty members’ off-campus commitments will be introduced by the end of this academic year.

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Central Administration

Harvard Endowment Jumps 21.4 Percent

Harvard’s endowment posted a 21.4 percent gain for fiscal year 2011, bringing the endowment’s value up to $32 billion.

Admissions

Harvard Ties with Princeton for No. 1

Harvard topped the list of the best colleges in the U.S. for the sixth year in a row, but it will now share the title with Princeton, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 ranking.

FAS

FAS Deficit Down by Half, to $16 Million

The new deficit figure was revealed at a meeting late last week with Leslie A. Kirwan, dean of Administration and Finance for FAS. Dean of FAS Michael D. Smith is expected to announce the number at the Oct. 4 Faculty meeting, according to FAS spokesperson Jeff Neal.

Student Life

Americans Reflect On Legacy of 9/11 Attacks

Across the country, Americans gathered to remember the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001

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911 Ten Years Later

Silent Ceremonies

When I came back from school that September 12th, my father told me—not out of paranoia or fear, but out of rational precaution—that I should begin carrying a photocopy of my passport in my wallet from here on out, as an official ID. I still keep the ten-year-old folded paper in my pocket.

FAS

Budget Relief as Endowment Increases

After two years of concentrating on everything from cutting visiting lecturers to trimming paper supplies, departments are turning their focus back on curricular and academic development.

FAS IT

98 Percent of Students Switch to Gmail

In the three weeks since Google began hosting @college webmail accounts, 98 percent of the 5,610 students using @college email addresses made the switch.

Op-Eds

Hungering for Morals

Anna Hazare, a so-called Gandhian activist, recently ended his 12-day fast for an anti-corruption bill in India that is, at best, an ineffective piece of legislation. At worst, it’s a damning law that will curse the government into even more crippling corruption.

Harvard in the World

Jeremy Stein Champions Broad Regulation

Stein has staked out a series of positions that fall to the left of the Obama administration’s economic policy, which may make it difficult for him to gain confirmation before the Senate.

FAS

Embattled Professor Marc Hauser Will Resign from Harvard

Hauser's resignation from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences ends a career at Harvard that began with promise but was marred by a research misconduct investigation.

College

Harvard College To Switch Email Provider To Gmail

By the middle of August, Gmail will replace the webmail client currently designated for most undergraduate email accounts but used by a fraction of those students.

Central Administration

HMC Loses Senior Hire to Private Sector

John Devir, a highly touted recent hire, will not be joining Harvard Management Company and has instead accepted an offer at a California firm.

FAS IT

New Centralized Harvard IT Group, Absorbing FAS IT, Aims To Streamline

Harvard University Information Technology, a new consolidated group, hopes to provide better support for faculty and students.

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Visual Arts

Intelligent Design: Negotiating the Identity of the Architecture Track

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Visual Arts

Script Doctors

Harvard vs. Yale
Yale

Freshman Survey Part V: A Look at New Haven

Books
Academics

Freshman Survey Part III: Inside the Classroom and Out