The Meaning of Liberal Education

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By Robert A. Scott, President, Adelphi University

What is the purpose of college? I believe undergraduate education is and must be as much about character and citizenship as about careers and commerce.

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American Higher Education: An Obligation to the Future

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By Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Is higher education meant to help develop an inquiring mind and a deep appreciation for the value of how knowledge enriches one’s lifelong personal and professional achievements—or, should it be simply focused on gaining the skills to pursue a well paying career?

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Recognizing the Real and the Potential: Fields Medal for Mathematical Efforts

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The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.

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Paying for Higher Education and Research

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By Don M. Randel, President Emeritus, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Chicago

The market has made higher education in the United States what it is, complete with features that many wish to complain about, including certain kinds of facilities and staff that contribute to rising costs.

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Higher Education in a Global, Digital Information Economy

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By Arthur Levine, President, Woodrow Wilson Foundation and former President and Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

In the years ahead, consumers and stakeholders will demand that all higher education institutions be updated to meet contemporary needs. This can occur either by repairing the existing institutions or by creating new institutions to replace them.

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Research Universities Power U.S. Innovation and Prosperity

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By Phyllis Wise, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

If you use a GPS device, a mouse, or a microwave oven, take antibiotics, have an eye implant, or are reading this on a tablet, you can thank America’s research universities.

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A 21st Century Education: What Do Students Need Know?

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By Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges

What should an educated person of the 21st century know and what does that means for the ways in which U.S. research universities ought to strengthen their teaching effectiveness?

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Can We Meet the Challenge?

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By Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan

How will it feel to become a second class nation? Inferior in technological innovation, second class in artistic creativity, a follower rather than a leader? This is possible—not certain—but a very real danger if the United States continues on its present course.

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The Liberal Arts and Presidential Leadership

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By Nannerl O. Keohane, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University, and former President of Wellesley College (1981-1993) and Duke University (1993-2004)

Liberal arts (and sciences) are the best possible preparation for success in the learned professions—law, medicine, teaching—as well as in the less traditionally learned but increasingly arcane professions of business, finance, and high-tech innovation.

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The Real Crisis in Higher Education

The Real Crisis in Higher Education
By John L. Hennessy, President, Stanford University

Much has been written about the rising costs of higher education and increasing student debt levels, but hidden amid the conversation is another crisis with even more profound implications—the completion rate for today’s college students.

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Better, More Affordable Colleges Start Online

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By L. Rafael Reif, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

While students worry that they cannot afford a college education, U.S. colleges and universities know they cannot really afford to educate them either. At technology-intensive research universities, it costs three times as much to educate an undergraduate as they receive in net tuition.

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For What It’s Worth: The Value of a University Education

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By Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania

Do universities provide private and public benefits commensurate with their private and public costs? This is a complex, but not impossible, question to answer.

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Never Eat Your Seed Corn

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By Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., President Emeritus, Michigan State University; Chancellor Emeritus, State University of New York System; Former Chairman and CEO, TIAA-CREF; Former Chairman, Rockefeller Foundation; U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

There have been dramatic changes and declines in the levels and sources of financial support for higher education in the past few decades. Why is this happening?

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A New Strategy to Maintain America’s Position of Global Preeminence

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By Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley

American research and teaching universities have been the envy of the world for six decades. Unfortunately, their record of excellence and achievement may not continue to hold up—and if it does not, we may find ourselves losing our position as worldwide leaders.

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Research Universities: American Exceptionalism?

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By Henry Rosovsky, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Harvard University

Domestically, American higher education is the subject of almost unprecedented criticism. “Too expensive and inefficient and not a good investment” is a common conclusion. But in international discussions and evaluations of higher education, American universities are frequently called “the envy of the world.” What explains this paradox?

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Fault Lines in the Compact: Higher Education and the Public Interest of the United States

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By Ronald J. Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University;
Phillip M. Spector, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Johns Hopkins University;
Rebecca Goetz, Research Assistant

The relationship between government and the university in the United States is, in the minds of many commentators, fraught.

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Are Our Colleges and Universities Failing Us?

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By John Etchemendy, Provost, Stanford University

Finding a more efficient way to deliver a truly high-quality college education is extremely difficult, but is the only way to solve the cost crisis in higher education.

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The Soul of the University

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By Nicholas Lemann, Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus, Columbia Journalism School

For many people who have spent their lives working in higher education, mass higher education and research universities make for a perfect fit: together they express both the public service and the intellectual ambitions of educators. But they aren’t the same idea.

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