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During the past year, universities have begun to attract a new kind of publicity. The most arresting stories to appear in our newspapers have not featured students or professors or even new curricula. They have focused on machines:Hewlett-Packard Gives Five Million Dollar Grant for Computer Equipment to Harvard Medical School
Social critics, ranging from William Bennett to Derek Bok, have lamented the demise of formal moral education in American schools and universities. Ethics had once been such a major focus of higher education, they point out, that college seniors were required to take a year-long capstone course in moral philosophy. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries,(More)
In his book ‘‘The Politics of Happiness’’ Derek Bok argues that happiness should be a goal in public policy. He presents an inventory of social problems in the US with negative effects on happiness, like inadequate education, chronic pain, sleep disorders, depressions, divorce, single-parent families, and financial hardship. He presents interesting options(More)
Institutions of higher learning in the United States have long played a disproportionate role in supplying leadership talent to the world's business and professional organizations. For 30 years, the most selective schools have been working to increase diversity in their student bodies. New research by the former presidents of Princeton and Harvard suggests(More)
In reassessing the role of government, many Americans have agreed that public expenditures should be curtailed. Although our universities must bear their full share of the sacrifices, some of the Administration's recent proposals would be to the detriment of the country. Drastic cuts in student aid, for example, will not encourage young people to seek the(More)