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"Harvard is the storehouse of knowledge because the freshmen bring so much in and the graduates take so little out."
 – Charles W Eliot, former president of Harvard.


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Charles William Eliot (1834-1926) was president of Harvard for 40 years, from 1869 to 1909. Born to a distinguished New England family, Eliot graduated from Harvard and then taught math and chemistry there for five years before leaving to spend two years in Europe where he studied chemistry and teaching methods, after which he returned to the USA to be a professor at MIT. 

In 1869, having attracted favorable attention for his articles on education reform, he was chosen president of Harvard. During his tenure he radically altered Harvard, transforming it into a modern university.  His best known reform was to the elective system through which undergraduates could choose from a wide variety of courses in each field rather than follow a fixed curriculum.  By offering many advanced courses to undergraduates, Eliot was able to employ outstanding scholars who divided their time between the graduate and undergraduate schools.  Under his guidance, Harvard earned a reputation for academic excellence and as a leading center for graduate study and research.

Eliot was also active in the National Education Association (NEA) championing secondary education, and was a strong influence on the 1892 report that led to the standardizing of college prep and admissions.  He also helped found the College Entrance Examination Board in 1906.  He is also responsible for editing the 20-volume The Harvard Classics (1910), "a five-foot shelf" of outstanding books through which those unable to attend college might gain a liberal education.

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