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In today’s Pope Center piece, I riff on James Piereson’s recent Wall Street Journal piece in which he compared Columbia’s core curriculum with Harvard’s new general-education program. (Columbia wins, hands down.)

Why are there so few colleges that require anything like a serious core? I suggest that it has much to do with the fact that most higher-ed leaders these days aren’t really educators, but are instead bureaucrats who are more interested in money, prestige, and ease.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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