editorial: Letter From the Publisher

This is usually Allen’s space but I asked him if I could borrow it and he agreed. The reason I’m borrowing the column is to encourage all first-years to register for the Harbus EC Course Review. The school provides a great deal of quantitative information (see my.HBS) but honestly, what’s really the difference between a professor ranked 6.3 and another one who scored 6.5? It beats me – I have no clue, and neither do most of you. The point is that context matters.

What sets the Harbus apart is that its Course Review is more than a sea of numbers: it includes 2,500 comments from nearly 300 second-years.

For those of you craving 1s and 0s, relax, we have those too. We even have smiley-faces and frowns – think what a research report from Goldman would look like if Big Bird wrote it.

Go to and look for a link in the left column. Click there to register – only students with e-mail addresses can access the site. If you like what’s there let us know. We publish the Course Review at both a significant cost and risk to the organization but we do so because we believe it’s an important tool to help students navigate what’s at best a pretty sketchy process. If you have suggestions for how we could improve the review let us know those as well. You can e-mail me at

I’d like to personally thank all the ECs who responded to our poll. All of us in the class of 2004 owe you big time. RCs, listen up: next March it’s up to us to help the class of 2005. When I e-mail you asking for your help don’t pretend you have no idea what I’m talking about.

Best of luck with pre-registration!

Dan Erck
Publisher, Harbus News Corp.

May 5, 2003
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