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The last meeting of the Student Committee on Education will take place tonight at 7 o'clock in Massachusetts 1. At that meeting the committee will complete the draft of its report which is to be presented to the Student Council tomorrow. The report will be ready for publication after the Council has considered it, which will probably be in about a week.

When asked to comment upon the work which the Committee has accomplished and upon its conclusions which will be submitted in the report to the Student Council tomorrow, E. C. Aswell '26, Chairman of the Committee, made the following statement:

Committee of Ten Appointed

"On October 20, 1925, the Student Council voted that, since both faculty and students of Harvard College are concerned with the common problem of Harvard education, a committee of undergraduates should be appointed to study Harvard education from the students' point of view and to offer suggestions for improving such faults as might be found to exist. Accordingly a committee of ten students was appointed whose interests were sufficiently varied to make them fairly representative of the students at large. For live months the committee, has studied the question, has gathered information, has served as a clearing house for suggestions, and has come to definite conclusions. These will be published in the report.

"The general purpose of this report will be found to differ in one important respect from that of a similar report issued by the Dartmouth Student Council last year. Dartmouth students thought they needed a new system. Accordingly, the Dartmouth committee visited various colleges, and after studying the methods in effect elsewhere, drew up a new plan which was adopted by the faculty.

Hope To Secure Better Relations

"Here the problem is different. Since Harvard already has a new system, and one in which both faculty and students place great confidence, it is obvious that there is no need for a new one. It seemed to our committee that the main difficulty at Harvard was to secure better adjustment between the various features which already form a part of the Harvard plan of education, and that this adjustment should be governed by the needs of the students themselves. This is the object of our report."

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