Scholar-activist W.E.B. DuBois in 1946.
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As the 20th century’s preeminent scholar-activist on race, W.E.B. Du Bois would not be surprised by modern-day attempts at whitewashing American history. He saw them in 1930s and 1940s.
The U.S. Supreme Court in its official portrait on Oct. 7, 2022.
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The US Supreme Court is poised to determine the fate of the use of race in college admissions. Supporters of affirmative action, like the military, fear the worst.
More than half of the top 250 U.S. colleges and universities offer legacy admissions.
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Elite universities have been giving special preference to children of prior graduates for more than a century. Has the time come for that practice to stop? A sociologist weighs in.
People in attend a talk at the American Atheists National Convention in 2014. Many Americans remain distrustful of atheists, surveys show.
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Americans are getting more comfortable with new forms of spirituality, but their views of atheists are still complicated.
Students had demanded for years that Harvard University divest from fossil fuels.
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The announcement didn’t use the word ‘divest.’ A legal scholar explains why that shouldn’t matter.
UCLA gave $425,000 back to Donald Sterling in 2014 after he disparaged Magic Johnson.
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Colleges and universities should apply the best techniques of research and education to their own decision-making.
A federal judge ruled that Harvad can continue to use race as one of many factors in its admission decisions.
Tuesday’s ruling in the Harvard affirmative action case allows colleges to use race in their admission decisions. A legal scholar offers insights into how long before race won’t be needed.
Stanford will most likely have to pay a new higher ed tax.
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The IRS estimates that up to 40 privately run schools may be affected by this measure in the 2017 tax reform package.
MIT hackathon, 2014.
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How can elite institutions and an elite territory originate key collaborative practices such as hacking, open knowledge and open innovation? We found out during a recent visit.
Is the California Dream still alive and well?
Millions of people have imagined California, but only one man was its historian.
The Rhodes Must Fall movement accused the University of Cape Town of having blood on its hands for investing in the mining company Lonmin.
Universities have the power to transform society not just through how they operate their campuses, but also through how they invest their endowments and pensions funds.
Protest against racial quotas during a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 2015.
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Scholars argue that the complaint of bias against Harvard reflects a flawed understanding of affirmative action policies.
Mapping connections at your next shindig.
Let’s say you want the perfect mix of friends and strangers at your next party. Mathematicians have been working on a version of this problem for nearly a century, and the answer is complicated.
Has student debt changed because the purpose of education has changed?
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About 44 million Americans are still paying off student loan debt. But it didn’t always used to be this way. As the perceived purpose of a college education changed, so too did the way we pay for it.
Solar radiation management involves spraying tiny reflective particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect away some of the energy from the sun
Solar radiation management might be able to reduce some of the risks of global warming while countries get their emissions under control.
Drew Faust receives a hug from University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann during ceremonies installing her as the 28th president of Harvard University in 2007.
Most university presidents in the US are still white, male and over the age of 60. But as they retire, is there an opportunity to reshape college leadership and, with it, higher education itself?
To post or not to post? Colleges and employers are increasingly checking social media to get a sense of their candidates. Here’s what you should (and shouldn’t) post in order to secure your future.
Harvard University is grappling with the same problems as less wealthy institutions in very different parts of the world.
If universities work together they are more likely to find creative solutions to problems. Collaboration will allow them to benefit from the global academic community’s collective wisdom.
As degrees become more commonplace, African graduates are struggling more to find jobs.
Global economic realities shouldn’t deter African universities from continuing to push for massification. But they must do so armed with knowledge, lessons from elsewhere and strong funding models.
Students for Fair Admissions filed suit against Harvard College on behalf of a Chinese-American applicant.
Here’s why disagreement about affirmative action will not end any time soon. Coming up next is a lawsuit brought by Asian-Americans challenging Harvard’s race-conscious policy.