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I wont say there arent any Harvard graduates who have never asserted a superior attitude. But they have done so to our great embarrassment and in no way represent the Harvard I know.
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There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot.

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Education, and I regret to say this as an educator, but there's no indication that education has a direct effect on happiness.

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For some students, especially in the sciences, the knowledge gained in college may be directly relevant to graduate study. For almost all students, a liberal arts education works in subtle ways to create a web of knowledge that will illumine problems and enlighten judgment on innumerable occasions in later life.

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Fewer than half of all university professors publish as much as one article per year.

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If we are prepared to invest the necessary time and effort, affirmative action can contribute to Harvard's quality and not detract from it.

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Colleges do not merely offer preparation for the future; they occupy four years of a student's life, and an institution should do what it can to make these years absorbing and enjoyable.

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Although professors regard improving critical thinking as the most important goal of college, tests reveal that seniors who began their studies with average critical thinking skills have progressed only from the 50th percentile of entering freshmen to about the 69th percentile.

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Economists who have studied the relationship between education and economic growth confirm what common sense suggests: The number of college degrees is not nearly as important as how well students develop cognitive skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving ability.

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Freshly minted Ph.Ds typically teach the way their favorite professors taught.

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I think it's sort of an outrage that companies should have to hire firms to teach the college graduates they employ how to write.

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The oldest of the arts and the youngest of the professions.

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The first country to adopt happiness as an official goal of public policy is the tiny little country of Bhutan in Asia near China and India.

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I think any self-respecting educational institution ought to judge its policies by its best estimate of what their long-term consequences for their students and for the society will be.

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I think the minority students that we admit to Harvard are every bit as meritorious as the white students that we admit.

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Apart from finding a first job, college graduates seem to adapt more easily than those with only a high school degree as the economy evolves and labor-market needs change.

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I won't say there aren't any Harvard graduates who have never asserted a superior attitude. But they have done so to our great embarrassment and in no way represent the Harvard I know.

— Derek Bok

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