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Student Handbook

Student Handbook: Academic Governance

The responsibility for governance of academic programs is the province of the HGSE faculty. It delegates this responsibility to standing committees of the faculty including: the Ed.D. and Ph.D. Steering Committee, the Ed.L.D. Steering Committee, and the Master’s Student Review Committee. These committees, working with the academic dean and program deans, oversee policy, progress, and all aspects of student academic work. 

The Ed.D. and Ph.D. Steering Committee considers major policy recommendations relevant to the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs, respectively, and have oversight of Ed.D. and Ph.D. students’ academic progress. 

The Ed.L.D. Steering Committee considers major policy and curriculum recommendations relevant to the Ed.L.D. Program and has oversight of Ed.L.D. students’ academic progress. 

The Master’s Student Review Committee will review and vote on recommendations concerning the termination of master’s students for failure to make academic progress. 

In collaboration with the degree program faculty directors (i.e., Ed.M., Ed.D. & Ph.D., and Ed.L.D.), the associate dean for degree programs is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of all HGSE degree candidates. 

These groups govern academic programs leading to the Master of Education degree, the Certificate of Advanced Study, the Doctor of Education degree, the Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree, and the Doctor of Education Leadership degree. They also certify that students have met the necessary academic requirements for degrees. All students in degree programs are reviewed at the end of each semester by program faculty, the Ed.D. and Ph.D. Steering Committee, the Ed.L.D. Steering Committee or the Degree Programs Office. 

HGSE continues to retain the discretion to apply its considered judgment to the question of how best to pursue its educational programs during the COVID-19 crisis, which may include, among other things, making recourse to online instruction and instituting compulsory testing and tracing programs as required conditions for accessing the Harvard campus or Harvard facilities.