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colleges and universities



  • Donald Trump vs. the Ivy League: An Election-Year Battle

    The Trump administration has always engaged in rhetorical attacks on Ivy League institutions as elitist, but critics say launching a civil rights investigation of Princeton represents an effort to weaponize executive branch agencies to fight a culture war. 



  • The Dark Side of Campus Efforts to Stop COVID-19

    by Grace Watkins

    While colleges have a legitimate interest in suppressing virus transmission on campus, it is dangerous to expand the surveillance powers of campus police. 



  • Debates over Race, History and Values Roil Texas A&M as Campus Diversifies

    Texas A&M's mostly white and conservative alumni network supports campus traditions that clash with the values of the school's increasingly diverse students today, highlighted in protests to remove a statue of a former university president who participated in massacres of Black soliders as a Confederate, violently purged Native people as a Texas Ranger, and presided over the violent aftermath of Reconstruction as Governor.


  • The Latest Resurgence of Ethnic Studies

    by Elwood Watson

    The history of ethnic studies as an academic movement is a cycle of rise and retrenchment; protest movements often push for more representative curricula, while forces of tradition and austerity seek to uphold a canon or push majors linked directly to the job market. Today's protest movements are pushing an ethnic studies renaissance despite the dire financial straits of many colleges and students.



  • Not ‘Glorified Skype’

    The extensive labor required to develop new online courses or shift existing ones to a virtual or mixed delivery is not always obvious to higher ed critics. 



  • Early Dispatches From the COVID-19 Classroom

    As the fall term begins, professors describe their experiences in the in-person (and virtual) classroom. Their verdict? Better than feared. Lots of faculty experimentation. Students are anxious, and physical conditions are … mixed.