Former Harvard President Claudine Gay, left, speaks as former University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill listens during a House hearing in December 2023 − before they both resigned.
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Barring evidence of moral turpitude or excessive absenteeism, former administrators are very hard to force out.
Billionaire investor and Harvard alum Bill Ackman has voiced his objections to the school’s current president.
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Threats from disappointed donors over the language used during campus protests about the Israel-Hamas conflict have become angrier and more public than in the past.
Harvard President Claudine Gay, University of Pennsylvania then-President Elizabeth Magill and MIT President Sally Kornbluth testify before Congress on Dec. 5, 2023.
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University codes of conduct support their mission to educate. But it’s not easy to balance those codes with the values of free speech, as the resignation of a prominent university president shows.
In this podcast, ANU Vice Chancellor and astrophysicist Brian Schmidt joins The Conversation to discuss the challenges universities are facing
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, written in 1787 on parchment paper.
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The changes wrought by the new conservative majority in the US Supreme Court are revolutionary.
The Supreme Court issued a decision on June 29, 2023, that ends affirmative action in college admissions.
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The Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate affirmative action programs sent shock waves across the US and is expected to impact racial diversity throughout society.
Andrew Brimmer gets sworn in as a member of the Federal Reserve Board. President Lyndon Johnson, right, Brimmer’s wife and daughter look on.
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Andrew Brimmer, the first African American on the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve, helped develop the blueprint for the Central Bank of Sudan.
Claudine Gay will become Harvard’s second female president and first Black president in July 2023.
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Despite what’s happening on the most prestigious campuses, fewer than a third of presidents at American colleges and universities are women.
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.