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How to save the traditional university

From the Graduate Journal of Social Science, a special issue on Interdisciplinarity and the "New" University. From LRB, from Robbins to McKinsey: Stefan Collini on the dismantling of the universities. From Arena, an article on the idea of the university, out of the shadow of the neo-liberal academy. An interview with Benjamin Ginsberg, author of The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters (and more). Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring on how to save the traditional university, from the inside out. Storm the Ivies, revolutionaries of North America — nationalize them into submission, kick away the American plutocracy’s favorite ladder and watch a thousand flowers bloom. A review of Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation. Redefining the public university: Michael Burawoy on developing an analytical framework. Are Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other Ivy League schools worth the high cost? From University World News, do rankings promote trickle down knowledge? Ellen Hazelkorn wants to know; and are rankings driving university elitism? The importance of college is a self-fulfilling prophecy: As long as employers insist that a degree is necessary, it will continue to be. In a brutal job market, maybe we need to rethink what we teach: Is it time to kill the liberal arts degree? From Public Sphere Forum, why are there business schools in universities? A review of Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds by Steven J. Brams. Overeducated, underemployed: William Pannapacker on how to fix humanities grad school (and more). The Master’s as the New Bachelor’s: Call it credentials inflation — a four-year degree may not cut it anymore. While global elites continue their cynical assault on higher education unabated, the global student movement shows us that another world is possible.