Welcome to the Committee on Course Registration

Our Committee was formed in the Fall of 2019 by vote of the Faculty of the FAS. Our charge includes the following tasks:

  1. Reviewing the current system of shopping classes and propose alterations if necessary.
  2. Reporting to the Faculty, in the spring of 2022, on the current state of registration​.
  3. Recommending to the Faculty, if necessary, an alternative system​. Such an alternative system should be developed alongside the other work of the committee so that a detailed plan will be available by the time the system is evaluated.

We should emphasize that this work is separate from the University’s emergency response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this emergency response, the University adopted a temporary course registration system. Our committee is tasked with investigating what a permanent course registration system should look like. This is a matter for Faculty Legislation, and it is to support the Faculty’s deliberations that we will produce our report.

This set of tasks grew out of the report that an earlier Committee on Course Registration, active in the 2018/19 academic year, submitted to the Faculty.

Since a system of course registration affects just about every member of the community in some way, our membership is drawn from faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and administrators.

As per our Committee’s charge, we aim to submit a report to the Faculty in the Spring of 2022. 

It’s important that members of the community have the ability to offer their insights on the Committee’s work. To that end, the Committee will release its report, along with supporting materials, to the community at large once the report has been approved by the Educational Policy Committee. The report will be made available to all members of the Harvard community through the Committee’s website. At that point, we will also invite representatives of the undergraduate and graduate student communities, through the Undergraduate Council and the Graduate Student Council, to formally respond to the report. We will make these responses available, as well.

We aim to share our report with the community in early December. In the meantime, we invite you to peruse the Commitee’s website to read earlier materials related to course registration, and to share comments.

If you’d like to offer your comments prior to the release of the report to the community, please use the link below.