The Answer Sheet: harvard


Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Harvard students seek probe of controversial PhD thesis on Hispanics' IQ

Harvard University students delivered a petition to President Drew Faust demanding an investigation into how the school awarded a doctorate based on a dissertation that claimed that Hispanics are not as smart as whites.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:33 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/11/2013

The Harvard 'plumbers'

We at the Washington Post are all too familiar with important people who feel the need to find and close leaks to the media. But we were surprised to find that Harvard officials decided they had to secretly plug a leak.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 01/24/2011

JFK's Harvard application: 'Lackluster' applicant

John F. Kennedy's 1935 application to Harvard College is now online, and it shows him to be something less than a superlative applicant.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:23 AM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Say it isn’t so on IMPACT, Mayor Gray

Here’s why I was so disappointed to a plan by D.C. schools officials to have the flawed IMPACT teacher evaluation system reviewed by a Harvard think tank.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:35 PM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Harvard’s unofficial early admissions process

Harvard University doesn’t have an official early admissions process, but some students still learn before everybody else whether they are being looked on with favor by the admissions folks. Meanwhile, the current early admissions seasons is the toughest ever for some schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 12/08/2010

Schools eligible for 2011 John Lennon Scholarship

The John Lennon Scholarship Program created by Yoko Ono is now accepting applicants from a certain group of schools. Here they are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:40 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2010

Harvard’s strange ‘Strange Bedfellows’ education event

You might think, or at least I would, that a ticketed discussion at the Harvard University Institute of Politics on education would include people with different views. But with Michelle Rhee, Jeb Bush and John Podesta as the panel, the "discussion" will sound more like an echo chamber.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 10/28/2010

New college rankings based on quality, cost

The folks at Kiplinger.com, which offers financial advice, did some numbers crunching and came up with their list of the best values in private universities and liberal arts colleges, taking quality and cost into consideration.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:13 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/17/2010

Harvard profs dropping final exams

Hundreds of Harvard professors have stopped giving final exams and there is some thought that they have been “going the way of the dodo” for years. Are final exams necessary?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 07/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 05/20/2010

Harvard endowment losses fueled financial crisis -- report

Endowment losses at Harvard and five other universities that were triggered by risky investment strategies helped fuel the financial crisis, a new report says.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:38 PM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/13/2010

Getting real about super-selective colleges

Bruce Vinik, a college admissions counselor, writes about why students who seem to be perfect in every way don't get into the school of their dreams.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/10/2010

Yale and Harvard at the Supreme Court

If President Obama wins confirmation for Elena Kagan, his choice for the Supreme Court, it will mean that every justice on the court went to law school at Harvard or Yale. Does this matter? Should it?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2010

The funniest commencement speeches

Most graduation speeches are boring; who really remembers theirs? But some classes get lucky, and are graced with a speaker who says something memorable because it is profound rather than sappy, or because it is really funny, or because it is profound and funny at the same time. I like the funny ones, so here are excerpts of some of the funny ones.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/07/2010

Ethics expert to head Harvard Business School

With the image of America's corporate world bruised, Harvard names an ethics expert as dean of its influential business school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 04/25/2010

New strategy to teach vocabulary -- Viadero

A Harvard researcher develops and tests a new strategy for directly teaching all-purpose academic words to middle school students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:20 PM ET, 04/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 04/19/2010

An analysis of pay-for-grades schemes -- Willingham

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham from the University of Virginia writes about the results of experiments in school districts to pay students for their work, and explains the psychological reasons it sometimes works--and sometimes doesn't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:49 AM ET, 04/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 AM ET, 04/12/2010

New Harvard research on teacher effectiveness

By Debra Viadero. A new statistical analysis from a group of researchers at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research adds a new wrinkle to the known body of research on the effectiveness of teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:07 AM ET, 04/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 10/09/2009

What's So Great About Harvard?

Harvard University is known for providing its undergraduates with an unexpectedly high number of graduate assistants as teachers rather than professors because, apparently, the profs are too busy with more important things than teaching. Now those poor kids can’t get a hot breakfast. Why, at a school where tuition is $33,696 for undergraduates this year and the total package including room, board and student services fee is $48,868? Isn't it time to stop viewing Harvard as standing alone as the platinum standard for higher education?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:46 AM ET, 10/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)