Friday, September 2, 2011

Harvard's values

Harvard values success above all else.

At least that’s how members of the Class of 2014 see it. In last spring’s freshman survey, respondents ranked “success” as the value that Harvard most stands for, choosing from a list of about a dozen options that included compassion and honesty.

The 90 percent of the class responding to the survey ranked hard work, honesty, respect, and compassion as their top four personal values.

Asked to do the same for Harvard, they ranked success first, followed by hard work, respect, and community.

According to Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman ’67 students ranked compassion near the bottom of the list of Harvard’s attributes, despite naming it as one of the top values they personally held. ...

The survey results also indicated that, while students place power and wealth at the bottom of their own values, they ranked them in the middle of the pack among the values of Harvard.
--Stephanie Garlock and Hana Rouse, Crimson, on facts that never change