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colleges and universities



  • US Fraternities Must be Required to Disavow Racist Roots

    by Taulby Edmonson

    Until university administrations launch an honest national conversation about the damaging ideals that rest behind the foundational figures and principles of many fraternities, students will continue to be uneasy about the role of Greek life on campus.



  • The Right's War on Universities

    by Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    "From the fascist years in Europe, nearly a century ago, to our own times, right-wing leaders have accused universities of being incubators of left-wing ideologies and sought to mold them in the image of their own propaganda, policy, and policing aims."



  • Higher Ed’s Shameful Silence on Diversity

    by Hasan Kwame Jeffries

    Right-wing diatribes about diversity training often ended with a call for Trump to issue an executive order banning federal agencies from holding them. So it was not unexpected when, on September 22, Trump signed an executive order forbidding diversity training within the government.



  • Princeton, Betsy DeVos, And The Need For a Real Debate About Race

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    Although the Department of Education investigation of Princeton is likely in bad faith, Jonathan Zimmerman contends that Princeton's self-flagellation about its institutional racism reflects a rising orthodoxy, not a deep debate about how the university operates.



  • Two Visions of Higher Education Illuminate the Chasm between Harris and Pence

    by Marybeth Gasman and Adam Laats

    The Vice Presidential candidates' university affiliations--Harris's attendance at Howard and membership in a prominent Black sorority, and Pence's political affinity for Liberty University--show that both HBCUs and Evangelical colleges are important and politically significant parts of the American higher education system.



  • 3 Universities Face U.S. Inquiries Into Free-Speech Controversies

    Critics of the Department of Education contend that its investigations into alleged free speech violations by university administrations are part of a conservative politics of grievance aimed at higher education institutions. The DOE says conservative groups are being singled out. 



  • Alumni Blitz for the Liberal Arts

    Adrian College planned to terminate history, philosophy, religion and more -- until graduates organized to stop it. Faculty members still don't understand why the programs were threatened.



  • 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.