Five years ago, in March 2017, TSL published the leaked Wabash Report, a 2015 investigation that exposed the severity of Harvey Mudd College’s curriculum and workload. Students quoted in the report spoke about sacrificing sleep, hobbies, hygiene and religious practices in order to manage their classes.
While the pandemic has presented challenges for students across the board, engineering students at Harvey Mudd College are having a particularly difficult time this year. The inability to take in-person classes during the pandemic translated to a surge in enrollment this year for required classes like E80, Experimental Engineering. Coupled with a faculty shortage in the department caused by a hiring freeze amid the pandemic, students say the surge is making a notoriously demanding program even more difficult.
After three years of planning, Harvey Mudd College will adopt a new Core curriculum to decrease workload and stress for first-years and sophomores. The curriculum will likely not take effect until at least fall 2022.
Harvey Mudd College administration needs to listen to the student concerns expressed on the Shanahan Center wall.
TSL recently obtained a leaked report conducted at the request of Harvey Mudd College’s Teaching and Learning Committee in Oct. 2015. In the report, students and faculty participated in private focus groups evaluating the impact of HMC’s workload and honor code. The findings of the researchers, Charlie Blaich and Kathy Wise