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At Harris Public Policy, you’ll find rigorous courses that will stretch you as a student and develop your perspective as a policymaker. While we expect students to be challenged by their coursework, Harris has cultivated multiple academic support programs and resources to help ensure success.
Harris offers one-on-one tutoring for students who are struggling in their required core classes. All full-time students enrolled in the MPP/MA core courses during the Autumn and Winter quarters receive ten hours of free tutoring to assist with core coursework. Tutors are usually second-year Harris students who have previously taken the core courses. Current students will receive additional information near the beginning of Autumn & Winter quarters.
Tutoring is also available to students in the Evening Master’s Program (EMP) for support with their courses. This resource is free to EMP students and additional information is provided to current students at the start of each quarter.
Harris has partnered with Dataquest, an online learning platform that provides interactive instruction in coding and data science. Incoming full-time students will receive six months of free, premium access to Dataquest, starting in the summer prior to beginning their program. We encourage incoming students to teach themselves introductory skills in R prior to fall quarter, in preparation for core courses. Many thanks to Dataquest for their support of Harris student success.
Harris also provides live coding support during the academic year. Students can enroll in the optional non-credit Coding Lab course during Autumn quarter, focused on improving students' understanding of the statistical methods used in Harris core courses. All full-time students can utilize Stata and R support for one-on-one help with coding during Autumn and Winter Quarters. The Dean of Students Office also organizes ad hoc workshops based on student interest; previous workshops have included Data Cleaning Workshops and introductions to LaTeX & R Markdown. Current students will receive additional information near the beginning of Autumn & Winter quarters.
Harris also offers multiple pre-orientation academic support programs to help you build your academic foundation and refresh your skills before starting your formal coursework.
The Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program (AEPP) is an approximately three-week summer program designed to support incoming international students who have not studied in the United States previously. The program is run by the English Language Institute in direct partnership with Harris.
The Jumpstart Program is a two-week program specifically for enrolling students that have a limited quantitative background. It provides a refresher on the mathematical principles and concepts needed to successfully navigate the Core and is intended to prepare students ahead of the larger Harris Math and Coding Camp.
Harris Math and Coding Camp is a three-week review course designed to ensure that incoming Master’s students are proficient in the mathematical concepts and beginning coding skills needed to successfully navigate the Core Curriculum. Math and Coding Camp also prepares students for the mandatory Math Exam during Welcome Week.
The Mathematical Methods program is a required review course for incoming PhD and MACRM students, to help ensure they develop the majority of the mathematics that will be used during the core courses of these programs.