Follow Up: Harvard B-School Says It is Improving Itself

Some loyal blog readers may recall our earlier posts (back in September) on attempts to reform a reported frat house climate of the Harvard Business School.  We carried this quote from the NY Times:(M)any Wall Street-hardened women confided that Harvard was worse than any trading floor, with first-year students divided into sections that took all … Continue reading Follow Up: Harvard B-School Says It is Improving Itself

Brown Joins Harvard in Rejecting Fossil Fuel Divestment

We have noted in previous posts that there is a student group that has been using the public comment period at the Regents to push for pension and other fund divestment of fossil fuels. (The demand involves both extraction industries and some utilities.)  It is part of a national student movement.  If you scroll back … Continue reading Brown Joins Harvard in Rejecting Fossil Fuel Divestment

MOOc comes to Harvard Business School

From Bloomberg BusinessWeek:Harvard Business School is quietly developing its first online learning initiative, which it hopes will make HBS the world’s top provider of high quality online business education. The move has the potential to shake up the nascent online education market and give the elite business school a toehold  in the world of MOOCs, … Continue reading MOOc comes to Harvard Business School

The Harvard Business School Frat House is Classy

On Sunday, we posted a link to the NY Times piece on the Harvard Business School and its frat house atmosphere.  Now the Times is running a piece saying the class divide among the students is even more of a problem:  ...In recent years, second-year students have organized a midwinter ski trip that costs over … Continue reading The Harvard Business School Frat House is Classy

Trying to Reform the Harvard Business School Frat House

[No, the title of this posting is not the official title of the article excerpted below from the NY Times.  But that's what it seems to be about.]BOSTON — When the members of the Harvard Business School class of 2013 gathered in May to celebrate the end of their studies, there was little visible evidence … Continue reading Trying to Reform the Harvard Business School Frat House

So it continues at Harvard

Back in April, we noted that it was becoming evident that the way to show erudition was to begin answers to questions with the word "so."  See our earlier post for references at http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-to-answer-any-question-with.htmlOn Harry Shearer's Le Show radio program, he began to provide a "So's of the Week" feature.  For those blog readers who … Continue reading So it continues at Harvard

Would it get under your skin if university administrators poked around in your emails?

Located in Boston, not far from HarvardSome blog readers may recall the brouhaha that erupted at Harvard when some administrators poked around in university emails trying to discover who was leaking info about a student cheating affair.  A dean apparently ended up resigning when the email searching became known.  The Boston Globe is reporting that … Continue reading Would it get under your skin if university administrators poked around in your emails?

Harvard Was Shocked and Appalled that Emails Weren’t Private: Now Comes the Aftershock

In an earlier post, we noted a brouhaha at Harvard in which a dean authorized a search of other deans' emails to determine if any of them had leaked some information about a cheating scandal. Faculty at Harvard were shocked and appalled that such a search could occur. We noted that at public universities, emails … Continue reading Harvard Was Shocked and Appalled that Emails Weren’t Private: Now Comes the Aftershock

At Harvard, Apparently, Many Faculty Feel that the Oversight of Online Courses Was Overlooked

From the Harvard Crimson:Fifty-eight professors from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences requested in a letter Thursday to FAS Dean Michael D. Smith that he appoint a faculty committee to draft “ethical and educational principles” that would provide a framework for FAS engagement with HarvardX, the University’s curricular contributions to edX. The letter, shared with … Continue reading At Harvard, Apparently, Many Faculty Feel that the Oversight of Online Courses Was Overlooked

Verily, verily, Harvard seems to be in the news these days

First there was the Ferguson apology: http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-be-really-famous-at-harvard.html. And now there is the Richwine PhD.  From Inside Higher Ed today:Veritas: Goddess of TruthDebate over a new Heritage Foundation report critical of proposed change in immigration laws has set off scrutiny and criticism of Harvard University for approving a dissertation in 2009 by one of the report's … Continue reading Verily, verily, Harvard seems to be in the news these days