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1981: A Denunciation of ‘Doctrinaire Egalitarianism’

March 20, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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A couple of articles on a front page in early May carried headlines that resonate three decades later. At a conference held by the International Council on the Future of the University, speakers described what they saw as “unhealthy pressures on universities to abandon their traditional goals.” They criticized a campus influx of “second-rate individuals” who preferred “the delights of political agitation” over academic life. And we reported on a lawsuit filed by Sidney M. Peck, a sociologist at Clark University, who was accused of sexual harassment by female colleagues. The accusations injured his reputation, he said. The litigation, including countersuits, was settled two years later.