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David E. Van Zandt is President of The New School, a legendary,
progressive university inspiring undergraduates, graduate students and
others to catalyze change in an inconstant world. The New School's
10,500 students are enrolled in more than 85 degree programs in the
humanities and social sciences, design, administration and management,
and the performing arts.

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Teaching Courage

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 10:25 AM

In a widely read cover piece in The New Republic (and in his recently released new book Excellent Sheep), William Deresiewicz asserts that Ivy League and similar elite ("Ivies") schools fail to offer their students truly educational experiences due to a coddling mixture of elitism, social inequality, and...

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Grounding Liberal Arts Education in Real-World Experience

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 1:24 PM

When his peers were doubleparked at their new dormitories and navigating dizzying rounds of freshman orientation, Alan De Leon, a first-year student enrolled at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, was finding his way around rural Brazil -- namely the town of Palmerias, where he is spending...

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Holding All Universities Accountable For Student Outcomes

(25) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Although it is seldom spoken of on the campaign trail, the movement to increase accountability for higher education has been gathering steam in Washington. The U.S. Department of Education offered the first significant action last year, when it proposed to tie federal student loan eligibility at so-called "career" colleges to...

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In Defense of Rankings

(10) Comments | Posted April 15, 2012 | 2:50 PM

U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Newsweek, Washington Monthly, College Confidential -- it often seems that there are as many university rankings as there are universities to rank. But rankings' popularity does not insulate them from attack. Deriding these lists has become something of a pastime both inside and outside...

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Universities Are Engines for the Creative Economy

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 6:10 PM

When New York City recently announced the creation of a major new applied science and technology campus, it was hailed as a transformative event with the potential to spur economic growth, job creation and high-tech entrepreneurship. While no one can argue about the value of developing the city's strengths in...

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