Faculty response to the announcement has been largely positive, with professors across a wide range of disciplines citing not only increased public access but also on-campus advantages and applications of edX.
The meeting saw the approval of courses of instruction for 2012-2013 across the University and at the University Extension School. It concluded with an update on the restructuring of the Harvard Library.
Associate Dean for Finance in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Eric Kopstain—who played a key role in steering FAS through the 2008 financial crisis—will leave Harvard to take on the position of associate vice chancellor for finance at Vanderbilt University, according to an email sent to senior administrators and financial officers Wednesday afternoon.
As several of Harvard’s regional centers continue to cope with a 50 percent reduction in federal support, they must also suffer sustained cuts in financial assistance from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Following a nearly 50 percent reduction in federal funding, several of Harvard’s regional centers have relied on alternative sources of funding to maintain the quality of the academic and extracurricular opportunities offered to students.
The Faculty of Arts Sciences launched its “Great Teachers” video series Wednesday, a project which highlights pedagogy in video clips that showcase the teaching methods of prominent professors across the University.
Faculty members will have one month to disclose their significant financial interests to the University, under the proposed implementation plan of university conflict of interest policies presented for the first time yesterday.
Nearly a dozen unification projects are still in the works nine months after Harvard announced the creation of Harvard University Information Technology and are projected for completion by the end of this academic year, according to Anne H. Margulies, University chief information officer.