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In Streamlining Bid, Dean Jay Harris Announces Removal of Course Titles from Q Guide

Dean Harris reveals his plan to no opposition whatsoever.

Cambridge, MA—As part of a broader effort to “make the Q a more accurate, sophisticated, and helpful mechanism for learning about and choosing courses,” Dean Jay Harris today announced that course titles would no longer be included in the Q Guide. The announcement was buried in the middle of a longer speech on the impact of Harvard’s yard fertilizer choices on matriculation rates. The decision to change the system was made in September, but the formal announcement had been delayed until the Faculty Council felt it was appropriate. The fact that anyone who could possibly be impacted in any way by this decision would be off campus during the announcement was “not a factor in our decision-making,” according to a spokesperson for Dean Harris.

When approached for comment, Harris explained that the inclusion of course titles would have made the Q entries for many classes “more than one line in Excel,” and that this would make said entries incompatible with a new pilot course selection software that a member of the Faculty Council had found in the clearance section of the Best Buy in Cambridgeside Galeria. 

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