Higher Education

Why Did Harvard University Go After One of Its Best Black Professors?

Why Did Harvard University Go After One of Its Best Black Professors?

Roland Fryer Jr.’s life is a movie script: A man abandoned by his mom and raised by an alcoholic dad became the youngest black professor to ever secure tenure at Harvard University. After ascending to the academic elite, Fryer didn’t resign himself to irrelevant technical puzzles; he put

Rob Montz
Rob Montz
9 min read
racism
A Student Sleuth Found Evidence that Our University Practices Reverse Racism. Here’s Why I Advised Him Not to Publish It

A Student Sleuth Found Evidence that Our University Practices Reverse Racism. Here’s Why I Advised Him Not to Publish It

At the American university where I teach, one of my assigned tasks is to advise undergraduates—mostly freshmen and sophomores. This essay describes a conversation I had in 2017 with one of those advisees. I will call him Daniel. Daniel was a sophomore at the time. He had been an

Keith David
Keith David
9 min read
Higher Education
As US Schools Prioritize Diversity Over Merit, China Is Becoming the World’s STEM Leader

As US Schools Prioritize Diversity Over Merit, China Is Becoming the World’s STEM Leader

All three of us are mathematicians who came to the United States as young immigrants, having been attracted by the unmatched quality and openness of American universities. We came, as many others before and after, with nothing more than a good education and a strong desire to succeed. As David

Percy Deift, Svetlana Jitomirskaya, and Sergiu Klainerman
Percy Deift, Svetlana Jitomirskaya, and Sergiu Klainerman
12 min read
academics
Higher Education Risks No Longer Being Worth It – Here’s How to Change Course

Higher Education Risks No Longer Being Worth It – Here’s How to Change Course

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a substantial decline in the demand for traditional four-year degrees, leading to a 16 percent and 43 percent decline in fall enrollment for freshman and international students, respectively. In fact, a recent survey found that over a third of prospective college students are reconsidering

Christos A. Makridis
Christos A. Makridis
4 min read
Arizona State University
COVID-19 Has Exposed Critical Weaknesses in Global Higher Education

COVID-19 Has Exposed Critical Weaknesses in Global Higher Education

The traditional educational services sector in the United States, and world at large, was not prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, including institutions of higher education, leading to significant disruptions in learning outcomes and budgets. Notified at the last minute, many students found themselves having to pack up their bags and

Christos A. Makridis and Soula Parassidis
Christos A. Makridis and Soula Parassidis
5 min read
COVID-19
PODCAST 52: Yale Law School Professor Anthony Kronman on the Crisis in American Higher Education

PODCAST 52: Yale Law School Professor Anthony Kronman on the Crisis in American Higher Education

Yale Law School professor Anthony Kronman talks to Jonathan Kay about his new book The Assault on American Excellence in which he laments the decline of aristocratic values in America’s elite universities. Photo courtesy of Yale University.

Quillette
Quillette
1 min read
Higher Education