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…

Buck Goldstein Talks with Georgia State University Provost, Risa Palm

September 7, 2018

Listen to the Podcast on Soundcloud here. Dr. Risa Palm became Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost on Sept. 1, 2009. Prior to that she was Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York. Palm earned a B.A. degree in history, with a mi…

The SAT is Toast—What Will Take its Place?

August 21, 2018 - by Buck Goldstein

Recent events suggest the standardized test for admission to college is under siege and some think it is on the way out. An announcement by the University of Chicago that the SAT will no longer be required is a canary in the coal mine, giving permission to other elite schools to rethink sta…

Chief Business Officer Confidence Continues to Slide

July 21, 2018 - by Holden Thorp

In Our Higher Calling, we talk a lot about the great surveys done by Inside Higher Ed of both chief executive officers (Presidents and Chancellors) and the chief business officers (someone who has a title like Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance).  We pinpointed a couple of t…

Job Readiness Must Be Central to Our Mission

June 27, 2018 - by Buck Goldstein

The debate over whether a college education is worth it continues and for good reason. Even though, college graduates earn roughly double the amount of those without a degree, the calculation is more complex especially for students of modest backgrounds looking to college as an entry to the …

Lecture Capture Hurts Attainment

June 22, 2018 - by Holden Thorp

One of the things we talk about a lot in Our Higher Calling is the importance of great teaching and the need to examine carefully lectures and their effectiveness.  Sanjay Sarma of MIT – who gave us so many great quotes for the book – decries the notion that the students bra…


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