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Panel Discusses 'Moral Outrage' of Mass Incarceration

“There is no more glaring threat to human rights or testing of democracy than our current punishment crisis," a Graduate School of Education professor said.


Undocumented Students Criticize President Trump’s Executive Orders

As Harvard administrators spoke out against President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration executive orders, the University’s undocumented students say they are pleased with Harvard’s actions—like creating a website and appointing an immigration attorney—that aim to support them.


Immigration Law Experts Advise Undocumented Students

As Trump prepares to take office, immigration law experts clarified definitions of “sanctuary” spaces and offered legal advice to Harvard’s undocumented students.


Protesters Disrupt Law School Event, Raising Security Concerns

​Housing rights advocates interrupted an event featuring Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Melvin Watt at the Law School Monday evening, prematurely ending the event and prompting questions about security protocol at the school.


Obama Unveils 'Student Aid Bill of Rights'

President Barack Obama announced several new initiatives to make higher education more affordable and to help students repay debts on Tuesday.


Federal Funding Initiative Could Bolster University’s Genomics Research

Harvard genomics researchers could see increased funding for their work should Congress approve a White House proposal to allocate millions more dollars to the research of medical treatments personalized to a patient’s genetic information.


Harvard Students’ Right to Read Admissions Records Confirmed

Matriculated Harvard undergraduates can request and view the notes and comments penned by admissions officers on their applications because of a 1974 Department of Education act.


GSE Prof. Argues for Standardized Testing Before Congress

Professor Martin W. West urged members of Congress not to lose sight of the positive impacts of standardized testing requirements introduced by the No Child Left Behind Act, which some members of Congress hope to dismantle.


Harvard's Federal Research Funding Declines Slightly in FY 2014

Funding from federal grants fell by 5 percent in 2014, the first full year after sequestration took hold. In the same period, non-federal funding rose 12 percent.


Coakley Reportedly May Take Fellowship at Harvard

Coakley filed a disclosure with the State Ethics Commission on Dec. 22 saying that she was being considered for a fellowship at a university in Massachusetts—people familiar with the plan told the Boston Globe that that university is Harvard.


Menino, Longtime Boston Mayor, Left His Mark on Harvard

Menino worked alongside four Harvard presidents and countless University employees assigned to massage Harvard’s relationship with the city. On Thursday, many of those Harvard officials remembered Menino as a unique politician.


Tax Reform Plan Could Cost Harvard Millions, Though Passage Unlikely

Congressman David L. Camp’s tax reform plan could cost Harvard tens of millions of dollars in endowment taxes if passed.


Government Professors Praise Repeal of NSF Funding Restrictions

A little more than two weeks after Congress repealed 2013 restrictions imposed on the National Science Foundation’s Political Science Program, Harvard political scientists said that their federal funding is on surer footing.


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