Tag: Colleges and Universities

Harvard Suspends Roland Fryer, Star Economist, After Sexual Harassment Claims

Roland G. Fryer, a onetime rising star in economics who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, will lose his Harvard University research lab and be suspended for two years, the university said Wednesday. Harvard’s actions represent a remarkable fall from grace for an economist who until recently was among the profession’s most […]

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I Advise Students Accused of Sexual Assault. Expelling Them Isn’t the Answer.

Video Colleges must treat sexual assault like the public health issue it is.CreditCreditErik Ljung In the video Op-Ed above, Hanna Stotland argues that simply expelling college students accused of sexual assault is a misguided response to what is essentially a public health problem. An independent educational consultant, Ms. Stotland specializes in advising students who have […]

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A ‘Second Chance’ After 27 Years in Prison: How Criminal Justice Helped an Ex-Inmate Graduate

BALTIMORE — Maurice Smith stood anxious and alone, as the crowd of graduates around him hugged and chatted a few feet away. He was cloaked in the same black gown and donned the same black cap, but that was about all that he and the rest of Goucher College’s Class of 2019 had in common. […]

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Blindsided by a ‘Devastating’ Veto, Alaska’s University System Pleads for a Lifeline

More than a month after Alaska lawmakers settled on a plan to cut $5 million in support for the state’s universities, Gov. Mike J. Dunleavy shocked the state last month by using a veto to cut much deeper, taking away $130 million more from the system that gave him his master’s degree. Mr. Dunleavy, a […]

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So Many Graduations. So Many Emotions.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Pop quiz: Which is greater on graduation day in New York: the number of graduates or the number of emotions? In late June, the city is filled with students deep in their feels. “A whole bunch of emotions!” Malik […]

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Chief During Turmoil at Children’s Hospital May Be Next UNC President

As the University of North Carolina begins its formal search for a permanent president, a likely top candidate is the former head of the state-owned medical system, which is now being investigated over turmoil at its children’s hospital during his tenure. Dr. William L. Roper, who since January has been interim president of the university, […]

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Rick Snyder, Ex-Michigan Governor, Withdraws From Harvard Post Over Flint Uproar

Rick Snyder, a former governor of Michigan, removed himself from an upcoming fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School amid a backlash over his role in a water contamination crisis in one the nation’s most impoverished cities. The choice of Mr. Snyder as a fellow by the prestigious school of government inflamed Mr. Snyder’s critics after […]

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Why Is There So Much Saudi Money in American Universities?

One spring afternoon last year, protesters gathered on a sidewalk alongside a busy street in Cambridge, Mass. City buses rolled past. Car horns sounded. A few pedestrians paused briefly before continuing on their way. The location was 77 Massachusetts Avenue, in front of a limestone-and-concrete edifice that serves as the gateway into the Massachusetts Institute […]

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What Should I Do About My Racially Obtuse Co-Worker?

I work in the public sector and have a great relationship with most of my colleagues. One of my co-workers, a caring person who works hard for the community we serve, has more than once made racially insensitive comments, using phrases like “playing the race card” and “pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” I am […]

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What Free College Really Means

Until a few years ago, I taught an undergraduate research and writing course at Cooper Union, in Manhattan’s East Village. Founded in 1859, Cooper Union is the namesake of Peter Cooper, who used his fortune from real estate, steel, railroads and glue to endow a college where education would be as “free as air and […]

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Stop the Knee-Jerk Liberalism That Hurts Its Own Cause

My daughter and I were tossing a football back and forth while also flinging around arguments about free speech, sexual assault, youthful intolerance and paternal insensitivity. We were discussing a Harvard law professor, Ronald Sullivan. He had been pushed out of his secondary job as head of Harvard College’s Winthrop House after he helped give […]

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Want to Be Less Racist? Move to Hawaii

HONOLULU — Kristin Pauker still remembers her uncle’s warning about Dartmouth. “It’s a white institution,” he said. “You’re going to feel out of place.” Dr. Pauker, who is now a psychology professor, is of mixed ancestry, her mother of Japanese descent and her father white from an Italian-Irish background. Applying to colleges, she was keen […]

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Megan Thee Stallion Knows ‘Tuition Ain’t No Joke’

Last Thursday, at Nightingale Plaza, a trendy club in West Hollywood, fans of Megan Thee Stallion wore sashes bearing the phrase “Cognac Queen” (the title of one of her songs) and waited for the rapper to arrive for the night’s event: a pageant of sorts. Though rap may be a male-dominated arena where women are […]

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Forget Tanning Beds. College Students Today Want Uber Parking.

The millennial generation attended college in a golden era for student housing, as investors poured money into luxurious off-campus communities packed with resort-style amenities: rooftop pools, golf simulators, tanning beds, climbing walls. The wow factor increased with every new development. Many universities amped up their campus dorms and amenities in an effort to bolster recruitment, […]

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The Late Bloomer: Learning About the Birds and Bees in College

I looked him square in the eye and thought, “I’m ready for The Talk.” He was not my father, and I was not a boy about to reach puberty. He was my college science professor. I was 24. I had taken my last science class 10 years earlier, in 10th grade. The Orthodox Jewish community […]

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Why Harvard Was Wrong to Make Me Step Down

In May, Harvard College announced that it would not renew the appointment of me and my wife, Stephanie Robinson, as faculty deans of Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s undergraduate residential houses, because I am one of the lawyers who represented the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in advance of his coming sexual assault trial. The administration’s […]

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Seeking $2.1 Million After College Chain’s Collapse (to Repay Its Guardian, Not Students)

When Dream Center Education Holdings imploded in March, thousands of students and employees of the large college chain were suddenly locked out of their classrooms. Some $16 million in federal financial aid that was owed to students had disappeared, while landlords, teachers and vendors faced hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid bills. One person, […]

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Jane Sanders and the Messy Demise of a Vermont College

BURLINGTON, Vt. — If Jane O’Meara Sanders had had her way, a stretch of prime real estate here along Lake Champlain would have become a college campus. Instead, it became a cloud lingering over her reputation and her husband’s presidential campaign. In 2010, as president and would-be savior of Burlington College — a tiny alternative […]

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The World’s Lamest Trojan Horse

In February 2012, when I was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, Xi Jinping, the vice president of China at the time and now president, paid a visit to Muscatine, a small town where he’d briefly stayed while on a research trip in 1985. Muscatine is an hour’s drive from Iowa City, and my […]

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Harvard Rescinds Admission for Parkland Student Over ‘Offensive’ Comments

MIAMI — A recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who became a gun rights activist in the wake of the deadly shooting that killed 17 people last year, said on Monday that Harvard College rescinded its admission offer over racist and offensive remarks he made as a 16-year-old student. The […]

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