There are over 2,300 four-year institutions of higher education in the U.S. and with so many to choose from, no shortage of "excellent" colleges. Unfortunately, the public has a very narrow view of what counts as an "excellent" college.
It took me a long time to understand the relevancy of my "residency" in Dickens to the work and the world I now encounter. Everything I needed to know about my current situation was revealed in Dickens had I only taken the trouble to look.
Yale's Dean Mary Miller's precedent in banning the DKE fraternity for creating a "hostile" environment with its boorish chants raises troubling questions. The willingness to ban "hostile" speech is antithetical to a commitment to free expression for all.
What can humanities PhDs offer the world outside academia? Is there a larger role for humanists with higher education degrees and advanced knowledge in the world of financial and technological innovation?
The DREAM Act, reintroduced in Congress this week, would give talented young immigrants a clear path to citizenship. For many, every day that we don't pass this legislation is a day marked with uncertainty.
The cost of college is a complicated problem that demands real solutions, not misplaced blame. We can start by looking at policies to support and keep costs down at our public universities, colleges, and community colleges.
Across the country, high school seniors are compiling pro/con lists to resolve the first big decision of their lives. Few of these dilemmas will come down to a choice between Harvard and community college. They should.
In the Basement of the Ivory Tower is chock-full of bonehead tales from the classroom. Some are amusing, but after a while they leave a bad taste in the reader's mouth. Should a teacher be this condescending?
Imagine a "primitive" culture which prepares its shamans to explore its ancient mysteries and understand its current problems, but then puts them to work minding its young -- and there you have a reasonably fair description of the current state of graduate education in America