1986: A Tour of South Africa's Campuses

April 24, 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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Apartheid was in its last years when two Chronicle editors, Malcolm G. Scully and Paul Desruisseaux, together with the newspaper’s Cape Town correspondent, Helen Zille, traveled across South Africa, visiting 10 university campuses and interviewing dozens of people about higher education. The reporting filled 20 pages and won a first prize from the Education Writers Association. “One of the effects of going to a university is that you tend to stop thinking about the struggle and start thinking about your degree,” a law student at the University of Zululand said. “You start to suffer peacefully. You behave as if you’re not suffering. And yet you suffer.”