Excellence Without a Soul

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Excellence Without A Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education
Author Harry R. Lewis
Country United States
Language English
Subject higher education
Publisher PublicAffairs
Publication date
2006
ISBN 1-58648-501-6

Presidents, deans, and professors rarely tell students simple truths, for example that the strategizing and diligence that got them into the college of their choice may not, if followed thoughtlessly, lead to an adult life they will find worth living.

p.xiii

The old ideal of a liberal education lives on in name only. No longer does Harvard teach the things that will free the human mind and spirit.

p. 253

Excellence Without A Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education (reissued as Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future?) is a 2006 book by Harry R. Lewis (Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) examining the state of American higher education, with particular reference to Harvard. It attracted considerable attention for its trenchant analysis of undergraduate education, much of it based on his experience as dean of Harvard College (1995–2003).

It has been translated into Chinese and Korean.

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