Excellence without a Soul

Excellence without a Soul : How a Great University Forgot Education

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Here is the Former Dean of Harvard College on how Harvard and other great American Universities are failing students. America's great research universities are the envy of the world - and none more so than Harvard. Never before has the competition for excellence been fiercer. But, while striving to be unsurpassed in the quality of its faculty and students, Harvard has forgotten that the fundamental purpose of undergraduate education is to turn young people into adults who will take responsibility in society. In "Excellence Without a Soul", Harry Lewis, a Harvard professor for more than thirty years and Dean of Harvard College for eight, draws from his experience to explain how our great universities have abandoned their mission. Harvard is unique; it is the richest, oldest, most powerful university in America, and so it has set many standards, for better or worse. Lewis evaluates the failures of this grand institution - from the hot button issue of grade inflation to the college's knee-jerk response to the recent controversy over Harvard's handling of date rape cases - and makes an impassioned argument for change.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 589.67g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • 1586483935
  • 9781586483937

About Harry R. Lewis

Harry Lewis has been a Harvard professor for over thirty years. He was Dean of Harvard College between 1995 and 2003, and chaired the College's student disciplinary and athletic policy committees. He is the senior member of the undergraduate admissions and scholarship committee.show more

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