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The Last Word: Fall 2016



“It’s not that poverty or racism doesn’t matter, it’s just that hard work does matter.”

—ANGELA DUCKWORTH, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, and a 2013 MacArthur fellow, as quoted in The New York Times on the importance of grit.


“They knew that their action was going to potentially result in the closure of the college.”

—YVES BRADLEY, chair of the board of trustees at Burlington College (VT), on the college’s line of credit and decision to close.


“While not forgetting the real importance of careers, can’t we for a moment simply embrace the observation that ‘in politics and in life ignorance is not a virtue’? And the vital though noneconomic rewards of higher education that the observation implies?”

—NEIL WEISSMANN, provost of Dickinson College (PA), in an opinion piece published by The New York Times.


“The notion of diversity goes beyond numbers; it’s about the range of experiences . . . that people bring to campuses.”

—TIMOTHY P. WHITE, chancellor of the California State University (CSU) system, on CSU’s unprecedented number of campus presidents who are female.


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