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Karl M. Aspelund

Karl. M Aspelund covers the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Administration for the 143rd guard.

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Faculty May Vote To Reaffirm Commitment to Student Diversity

A report drafted by a faculty committee chaired by Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana outlines the development of religious, ethnic, and racial diversity at Harvard.

Before The Meeting

Faculty Praise Proposal To Overhaul Gen Ed Program

​Faculty members overwhelmingly praised a proposal for a renewed General Education program—a drastic overhaul of the program’s current structure—at the semester’s final meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Tuesday.

University Hall

Report Outlines ‘Major Proposals’ for Gen Ed Overhaul

​Harvard undergraduates would be required to fulfill distribution requirements, complete a quantitative-based course, and take fewer general education courses in new, consolidated categories as part of a drastically altered General Education program, should members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences vote to approve a new proposal in the coming months.

Massachusetts Hall

Latino Students Issue Demands to Administrators

Latino students met with University President Drew G. Faust on Thursday to discuss demands for greater inclusivity for students of color.

Faculty Meeting

Faculty Hear Emerging Details on Renewed Gen Ed Program

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences together heard emerging details of what a renewed program in General Education could look like in the aftermath of the release of a report that deemed the College’s foundational curriculum “failing on a variety of fronts.”

Widener Balloons

Library System Has Reached One-Third of Fundraising Goal

Recent gifts include a $500,000 donation to support innovation in the libraries and another gift to support archiving endangered films.

Widener at Sunrise
Central Administration

Following Restructuring, Libraries Report Large Savings

Harvard’s library system has reduced spending by $25 million in aggregate since 2009, largely due to a two-year restructuring effort completed in August 2012, according to an update distributed to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences prior to its meeting on Tuesday.

University Hall Closed for Veterans Day

Faculty Discuss Proposals To Overhaul Gen Ed

Faculty members and administrators have vetted proposals to drastically overhaul the College’s General Education program, such as lowering the number of required courses.

Hallway in Littauer

At the Margin: Harvard Economics’ Precarious Spot on Top

The Economics department has recently lost several faculty members to other schools, highlighting the rise of rival programs and the relatively lower facilities at Harvard.

First Faculty Meeting of the Year Takes Place in University Hall

Faust Gives ‘General Principles’ for Gen Ed at Faculty Meeting

University President Drew G. Faust weighed in on reforming the beleaguered General Education program as the Faculty discusses reforms ahead of a major vote expected at the end of this semester.

First Faculty Meeting of the Year Takes Place in University Hall

Faculty Decry Attrition of Tenure-Track Women

Only 66 percent of women on schedule to be considered for promotions to full professors last year remained at Harvard for the final stage of that process, compared with 78 percent of men.

FAS Endowment Growth

Faculty Growth Stalls Again in 2015, Report Says

After a year that saw a spike in faculty growth for the first time since the financial crisis, the size of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences stalled again in fiscal year 2015.

FAS Campaign Progress
Student Life

Two Years In, FAS Campaign Focuses on Struggling Priorities

The fundraising drive will now focus on priorities that have received fewer donations, namely house renewal and funding for new teaching techniques.

Yale Campus

For Gen Ed, Harvard Faculty Oppose a System Like Yale's

As the College reviews its General Education program that is “failing on a variety of fronts,” its New Haven rival has maintained a set of distribution requirements as its core curriculum.

Sexual Misconduct at Harvard and Other Schools

In the Wake of Sexual Assault Survey, Faculty Assess Their Role

While the roles of administrators and students in addressing issues of sexual assault are scrutinized, faculty members are unsure of their own role in solving an issue that affects so many of their students.