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David J. Skorton

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The Physician Shortage: A Place for Immigration Reform

(26) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 5:22 PM

With President Obama making immigration reform a key focus of his second term, and the issue attracting strong bipartisan interest in Congress, the time is right to overhaul the system in ways that serve the national interest and address our responsibilities as citizens of a shared world.

As I

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My Hope for November 7

(9) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 4:09 PM

In the wake of the devastating visit of Hurricane Sandy to our shores -- and the action of federal, state and local governments to help people rebuild lives and get communities back on their feet -- it is more than a hypothetical exercise to contemplate the realities of governing after...

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Promotion of Student Health and Wellbeing on College Campuses

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 11:44 AM

Today's college students, starting the fall semester across the country, roll their eyes when parents and grandparents recollect the rules and regulations that governed our campus life a generation and more ago. Dress codes. Parietal hours. Three feet on the floor. Dorm proctors to enforce curfews.

On most college campuses...

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College Affordability: A Defining Issue That Won't Go Away

(273) Comments | Posted February 5, 2012 | 5:27 PM

In the wake of President Obama's State of the Union Address last month, many Americans are talking about college affordability. As they have been. As well they should. Along with health care and unemployment, the cost of college is a defining issue for our country. It is an issue that...

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Concussions in College Football: Time for a Real Game Changer

(12) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 10:54 AM

While the scandal at Penn State remains in the headlines, with good reason, we should also focus attention on a significant problem facing student athletes: concussions in college football. In the weeks ahead, along with the excitement of post-season play, we will, in all likelihood, see at close range the...

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Immigration Reform: The Economic Argument

(132) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 1:30 PM

Last week, in the midst of the turmoil related to the nation's debt ceiling, I testified at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, chaired by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), focusing on the economic imperative for enacting immigration reform. The thrust...

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The Humanities: Fundamental but Utilitarian

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 12:29 PM

National security. Global political crises. The international economy. When we think about these perennial and pressing concerns, the word "humanities" probably doesn't spring to mind, but it should.

That was the take-away message from the briefing I was privileged to moderate last month before approximately 60 Congressional staffers and...

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Education Will Bring Societies Together -- We Can't Depend on Governmental Diplomacy Alone

(5) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 11:38 AM

How ironic that in a time of rapidly increasing connectivity around the globe, we are still so far from understanding other cultures, especially those that observe religions and traditions different from our own. How unsettling to observe fear and, often, hate and to sense the widening chasm between Americans and...

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A Nation of Immigrants in a Borderless World

(212) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 1:51 PM

When my father, his parents and siblings left western Russia (now Belarus) for the United States, amidst a torrent of other immigrants attracted by the promise of our shores, he took it for granted that through hard work, adherence to the law, and an earnest desire to become a naturalized...

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Higher Education Legislative Priorities: An Open Letter to Newly Elected Representatives and Senators

(76) Comments | Posted January 16, 2011 | 5:23 PM

Dear New Members of the 112th Congress,

I write to congratulate you on your election, to thank you for shouldering this responsibility at a difficult time for our nation, and to ask you to consider supporting some critical legislative priorities related to higher education.

I won't bore you with...

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We Can Do Better on College Costs

(128) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 11:22 AM

The long, contentious, and often self-interested debate on whether higher education is becoming too expensive has become even more strident since the Great Recession. Is there really a "crisis" in college costs? Are colleges to blame?

The Delta Cost Project and other economic studies inform the discussion...

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What We Need to Know in Good Times and Bad

(49) Comments | Posted November 7, 2010 | 9:31 PM

The most wretched nonmonetary consequence of our nation's economic distress over the past two years, in my view, is an acceleration of our country's loss of values. No, I am not referring to coded political messages about "family values." I mean values as related to language, literature, culture, and ethics,...

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