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Ten Stories That Shaped 2020

The past twelve months were a year like no other for Harvard and the world. Under the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic, students took classes from all over the globe, while pushing for social change at the University and on the political stage. Here, The Crimson reviews ten stories that defined 2020 at Harvard.


Undergraduate Council to Release Remote Experience Survey Results, Pilot Racial Diversity Week

The Harvard Undergraduate Council passed legislation calling for the publication of its UC Student Survey, the formation of a food collection program, and the establishment of a racial inclusivity and advocacy week at its weekly meeting Sunday evening.


College Extends Deadline to Switch to Pass-Fail Grading to Nov. 16

The Undergraduate Educational Policy Committee extended the deadline for students to change a course’s grading basis between letter-graded and pass-fail to Nov. 16, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Registrar Michael P. Burke wrote in an email to students Tuesday morning.


Students Push for On and Off Campus Sustainability Efforts

Members of the Harvard Undergraduate Resource Efficiency Program have adapted their work to suit a virtual semester, pushing students to make sustainable choices and working to engage students on environmental issues before this fall’s elections.


Harvard Extension School Unveils New Academic Gap Year, Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Harvard Extension School unveiled a slew of new programs in June, including an new Academic Gap Year and undergraduate certificates, which were designed for its ever-increasing remote-learning student base, according to the school’s website.


Susan Dynarski to Join Harvard Ed School Faculty

University of Michigan professor Susan M. Dynarski ’86 will join the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a tenured professor of education on July 1, 2021, the Graduate School of Education announced Thursday.


Harvard Students Report Strain of Online Semester in Undergrad Council Survey

The Undergraduate Council’s Student Experience Survey found students were dissatisfied with their transition to online learning and hope to return to campus this fall, according to a summary of the data presented this week.


Harvard Extension School Has Partnered With Zoom For Years, Former Dean Says

Huntington “Hunt” D. Lambert — former Dean of the Division of Continuing Education — said in an interview last week that he believes colleges’ smooth transition to virtual education is partially owed to Harvard Extension School’s years-long partnership with videoconferencing platform Zoom.


Admitted Students Weigh Pros and Cons of Taking Gap Years Amid Fall Semester Uncertainties

Some future members of Harvard College’s Class of 2024 said they are floating the possibility of taking time off before matriculating in Fall 2020 as the continued spread of coronavirus begins to cast uncertainty on the upcoming semester.


Harvard Business School Discounts Online CORe Program

Harvard Business School Online has decided to discount the price of its Credential of Readiness program — CORe, for short — from its usual $2,250 to $450 in wake of the disruptions caused by coronavirus.


Harvard's LabXChange Provides Platform for Remote Scientific Learning During Pandemic

As schools around the country transition to virtual learning, LabXChange — a new scientific learning platform built by Harvard — allows STEM students the opportunity to mimic a science classroom and lab experience.


Extension School Zoom Experts

The Harvard Extension School Office sits on Brattle Street in Cambridge. Students and faculty are already familiar with the now-widespread Zoom online conferencing interface.


Harvard College Adopts Universal Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory Grading for Spring 2020 Due to Coronavirus​​​​​​​

Harvard College will adopt a universal satisfactory-unsatisfactory grading system this semester as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay and Dean of Undergraduate Education Amanda J. Claybaugh announced in respective emails to faculty and students Friday afternoon.


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