Don’t Miss This Article: Learning from Dr. Cole
In the spring issue of the Mary Christie Quarterly, MCI Executive Director spoke with Dr. Jonathan Cole, professor and former provost at Columbia University, and author of several books on higher education, about the triumphs and failures of American higher education, the promises offered and often unmet, and the collective changes that need to be made within the institution where he has spent his entire career. Dr. Cole explains that when he returned to teaching after serving as provost, he found that the student body had significantly changed; Students’ mental health and their personal relationships had been negatively affected by the hyper-competitive atmosphere. “There’s a large proportion of these kids who, before they even come to college, are suffering from high levels of anxiety and depression,” Cole said. “Then when they get here, it gets worse because they are wound up so tight trying to reach the next level. Their friends become their competition. I think that’s very sad. Instead of exploring the human mind and having this opportunity that they’ll never have again, they’re extraordinarily competitive about getting into the right graduate school because they are thinking ‘only one of us is going to get in.’” Read this and other articles in the Mary Christie Quarterly.