Richard Rummell's iconic landscape watercolor view of Harvard University, 1906.

How Harvard Became Harvard

Older than the nation, Harvard has always been elite, but it was only in the 19th Century that it became the school of the Boston ruling class.
College student at the library.

Universities Are Now Using Recruitment Videos to Attract Prospective Students

In this digital age, how do institutions of higher education engage prospects and get their messages out?
Students taking their SATs

Are We Witnessing the Death of the SAT?

Initially meant to test IQ, the SAT slowly proved to be an inefficient predictor of student success at the college-level.
Radcliffe Quad undergrad housing at Harvard University

Affirmative-Action for White Protestants

A different side to affirmative-action: How legacy admissions maintained white Protestant student enrollment at elite universities.
Abigail Fisher, who challenged the use of race in college admissions, joined by lawyer Edward Blum, right, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, following oral arguments in the Supreme Court in a case that could cut back on or even eliminate affirmative action in higher education. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Case for Abigail Fisher: A History of Affirmative-Action Cases

Three affirmative-action cases set precedent for the Supreme Court as they make a decision on Fisher vs. University of Texas.
Lincoln University graduate Lloyd L. Gaines, 24 years old, during the mandamus suit trial in which he is seeking to compel the University of Missouri to admit him as a law student. (Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images)

Desegregating Mizzou

It took twelve years and the Supreme Court before the University of Missouri agreed to accept black students.
Concerned Student 1950, led by University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler, second from right, speaks following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in Columbia, Mo. Wolfe resigned Monday with the football team and others on campus in open revolt over his handling of racial tensions at the school. (Sarah Bell/Missourian via AP)

The Pervasive Racism on U.S. College Campuses

How faculty and students of color are marginalized by their own institutions.

When Academics Become Uncool

A sociologist wonders about the state of being uncool in the discipline and academia in general.
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College Ratings and the Idea of the Liberal Arts

Many political and economic elites view liberal arts degrees as frivolous and want college to focus strictly on preparing graduates to make money.