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higher education



  • Disdain for the Less Educated Is the Last Acceptable Prejudice

    by Michael J. Sandel

    Joe Biden has a secret weapon in his bid for the presidency: He is the first Democratic nominee in 36 years without a degree from an Ivy League university. His campaign may test the pervasive belief that elite academic credentials are a necessity to govern.



  • Will Covid-19 Revive Faculty Power?

    Will the COVID crisis be the moment that seals the power of trustees, donors and administrators over universities organized like corporations, or will faculty organize to reassert shared governance?



  • What Is College For?

    by Steven Mintz

    Two new books argue for a robust and engaged humanistic study as indispensable to higher education. 



  • Back to School

    by François Furstenberg

    It’s not that university leaders necessarily want to open their campuses with new outbreaks looming in the fall. It’s that their business model leaves them no alternative.



  • The Campus Confederate Legacy We’re Not Talking About

    by Taulby Edmondson

    When a fraternity chapter sued him for defamation for remarking that it actively preserved the "Lost Cause" mythology of the Confederacy, the author went to the archives to defend himself. 



  • How to Stop the Cuts

    by Sara Matthiesen

    Historians and other faculty who want to protect their disciplines and their colleagues from budget cuts need to develop maps of power and how it operates in a university.



  • Black Studies For Everyone

    by Armond R. Towns

    Ongoing protest movements demonstrate that Black Studies is for everybody. The question is: how long will it take for higher education to catch up to such a realization?


  • The Decline of the Humanities and the Bleach-Drinking Epidemic

    by Lior Sternfeld and Mana Kia

    When Donald Trump hinted that injecting "disinfectants" could cure COVID-19, he was displaying a lack of critical thinking skill that is endemic in a society where learning is valued only in economic, rather than civic, terms.



  • ‘The Merit Myth’

    Anthony P. Carnevale, one of the authors of 'The Merit Myth," discusses his new book about how colleges admit and serve students.



  • Canaries in a ‘Toxic Mine’

    Professors at Ohio U say tenure-track faculty cuts can't simply be blamed on COVID-19, but rather long-term financial mismanagement.