Mass Ave, Mt Auburn, and a Tale of Two Schools
Still, this report shows that Harvard could learn a lot from MIT about how to run a university.
—Harry Lewis, "The Report Harvard Should Have Asked For", 2013
Around the time I came to Harvard, both Mass Ave schools were dealing with the fallout of embarrassing, messy institutional mistakes. Both started with relatively small incidents, compounded by administrative decisions that were incredibly contentious during and after the fact.
Harvard's began with the Gov 1310 cheating scandal -- and it escalated when scandal erupted over the administration's search of faculty emails to find which sub-dean had spoken to the press, raising both privacy concerns and unease about the relationship between the faculty and the administration.
MIT's began with the arrest of Aaron Swartz for downloading academic articles from JSTOR -- and escalated over the Institute's complicity with the US Attorney's Office, which many members of the community felt betrayed the school's values.
That fall and spring, I was a freshman overburdened with courses that I could just barely