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Dr. Robert Weisbuch
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Robert Weisbuch is the former president at Drew University and of The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and emeritus professor of English at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as Senior Advisor for the American Historical Association and for KUD International.

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It's Too Late, Baby

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Some people might invoke Carole King's lyric -- "It's too late, baby, now it's too late" -- to characterize college itself, given the wasteful last half of high school's senior year. For others, college comes too soon, before a few years of community or national service might allow not only...

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Ruining Our Children: The Scourge of College Admissions

(8) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Sometimes love is far worse than indifference. Parental love powers the frenzy over college admissions, but in the process it distorts every ideal of higher education while it robs adolescents of dignity and even of selfhood.

This is the first major decision that many young people will make about who...

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Hedgefunders, Part 4: From Colleversity to Collever-City

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 11:10 AM

Last week we envisioned a new era of collaboration among colleges and universities. Then we argued for a more expansive alliance, a vertical integration embracing K-12 and community (2-year) colleges as well. We even began to propose alliances between higher ed and the other social sectors -- government, business, cultural...

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Hedgefunders Part 3: The Colleversity

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 2:44 PM

Here's the nightmare. The hundreds of fine small colleges dotting the nation without the famous names of Williams or Wesleyan all fail. After a few more decades of appearing to a near-sighted public of costing far too much for too little practical advantage, they no longer can make ends meet....

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Hedging Our Bets

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 1:12 PM

There are numbers of tech-savvy and generally adventurous professors just as there are numbers of tradition-respecting university trustees, but too many of the Hedgefunders want to reinvent the campus on the Internet while the Hedgehog faculty, rolling into a passive-aggressive ball with protruding quills, wants to sit stock-still. The Hedgefunders...

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Hedgefunders, Hedgehogs, and Higher Ed

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 8:04 PM

The Hedgefunders and the Hedgehogs both believe colleges and universities are in big trouble. They believe this for different, even contradicting reasons, but both groups are right. Their solutions, unfortunately for all of us, are mostly wrong.

The Hedgefunders are those university trustees who, from time immemorial, have groused about...

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Less Than Zero: The True Cost of College

(24) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 2:33 PM

I've been a college-tuition-paying parent and a tuition-charging college president. As a parent, I gasped at the bills. As a president, I wondered how I could possibly make ends meet. I've seen it from both sides now, and so let me provide you with a New Jersey response to the...

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