Nicholas P. Fandos
Substantiating Fears of Grade Inflation, Dean Says Median Grade at Harvard College Is A-, Most Common Grade Is A
The median grade at Harvard College is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris said on Tuesday afternoon, supporting suspicions that the College employs a softer grading standard than many of its peer institutions.
Two deans from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences laid out priorities and concerns on behalf of colleagues involved in the planning process for the school’s eventual move to Allston at the monthly meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Tuesday afternoon.
The goal, which comprises a little more than a third of the record-breaking $6.5 billion the University hopes to raise in the coming years, will likely make The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences the largest subset of the overall fundraising effort.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith is expected to unveil the total fundraising goal as well as a more holistic vision for the campaign in an address Saturday morning in Sanders Theatre.
The nearly hour-long event, held in a Harvard Medical School lecture hall, represents one step in a broader effort by the task force to engage with numerous constituencies on both of Harvard’s campuses before it begins drafting its recommendations.
Though an unnamed donor has been secured for the project, the size of the gift and a timetable for the project have not been determined.
The FAS Dean’s proponents describe him as a consensus-building visionary, and his detractors see him as a functionary in an increasingly corporate administration. But seven years into his tenure, many members of the community he leads still don’t have a clear grasp on what drives Mike Smith.
As the Faculty of Arts and Sciences continues to chart tight budgets in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, FAS Dean Michael D. Smith and his lieutenants are looking to the Harvard Campaign for financial relief, according to the Dean’s Annual Report for academic year 2012-2013.
The new space, which will open next month on the concourse level of Widener Library, will aim to provide faculty with an opportunity to create digital material for Harvard courses online and on campus.
Alternating between laughter and tears, Evelynn M. Hammonds stood at the front of a crowded faculty room in University Hall Thursday afternoon as former administrative colleagues and fellow faculty members paid tribute to her five-year tenure as Dean of the Harvard College.
The gift from donor Glenn H. Hutchins ’77 will financially unite seven existing initiatives and fund a handful of new programs in the field.
It is unclear whether the decision to remove Platt from the tenure track is connected to his involvement in the Government 1310 case.
The new committee is tasked with combing through a list of recommended candidates solicited from faculty members, narrowing the roster of candidates, and, ultimately, consulting with the FAS Dean on finalists for the position.
They scored well on the SATs, but it appears Harvard freshmen aren't quite as good at scoring in bed.
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.