"Education for the Public Good," John S. Rosenburg, Harvard Magazine

April 8, 2019

"Thorp, coauthor of Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership between American and Its Colleges and Universities (2018), highlighted the “extraordinary disconnect” between the account higher-education institutions give of themselves to the public, and their interna…

"How Harvard Hurts Small Colleges," Michael Horn, Forbes

January 24, 2019

"...Holden Thorp, provost at Washington University in St. Louis, and Buck Goldstein, entrepreneur in residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, write in Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership between America and Its Colleges & Universities, over the last couple of decades, elite private …

The Eroding Partnership Between Higher Education and the Public

January 22, 2019

Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein, authors of the book “Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and Its Colleges and Universities,” talk to Michael Horn and Jeff Selingo about the tenuous relationship between higher education and the public, especially the la…

U.S. News "Time for a Truce Between Higher Ed and the Public"

November 30, 2018

"AMERICAN HIGHER education is the best in the world. No other country's system so flexibly prepares students from around the world to follow their dreams. No other system is so strongly rooted in academic freedom and protected from government intrusion."

The Chronicle of Higher Education, "How Academe Can Retrieve Its Good Name" Peter Monaghan

November 25, 2018

"What can higher education do to reverse public and political skepticism about it — even hostility toward it?"

Jeff Selingo on Our Higher Calling, Washington Post

November 16, 2018

"Americans expect a lot from their colleges and universities. They want higher education to prepare students for jobs and as citizens in a democratic society. At the same time, they expect universities to produce research that makes our lives better and drives economic development in their t…

Review of ‘Coddling of the American Mind’

October 3, 2018 - by Holden Thorp

The new book “Coddling of the American Mind” is the bestselling book on higher education in a long time, maybe ever.  The authors Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff built on the success of their Atlantic article of the same name, which is a required reading in my class on Hig…

Thorp highlights how higher ed is working and where it can improve with the public - Diane Toroian Keaggy, "The Source", Washington University in St. Louis

September 25, 2018

"If we have the privilege of being in this environment where all of these exciting young people are, we need to make sure they are getting the best teaching and mentoring we can give."   

Listen: Holden and Buck interviewed on WUNC's "The State of Things"

September 12, 2018

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Thorp, the current provost of Washington University in St. Louis and former UNC-CH chancellor, and Goldstein, university entrepreneur in residence and a professor of the practice in the department of economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Book Review Published by The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

September 10, 2018

"Critics of higher education should read the book in the spirit it was written, that of building bridges and beginning a conversation about the best way forward for higher education. It is an invitation to participate in an open, democratic, evolutionary process—despite our differences…


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