Quite simply, the best cultural review in the world
Columbia beats Harvard
On rival core curricula in the Ivy League.
was right!Support The
In their football rivalry that dates back to 1877, Harvard holds a commanding advantage over Columbia, the Crimson having won fifty-three of their joint contests as against just fourteen defeats, including a 34–14 decision over the Lions last season. Among Ivy League institutions, Harvard has long had one of the strongest football programs and Columbia one of the weakest.
Yet in a head-to-head contest between the undergraduate curricula at these two institutions, Columbia has more than held its own against its Ivy League rival. For nearly a century, the two universities have stood as national models for diametrically opposed approaches to undergraduate education. Harvard, under the leadership of Charles William Eliot from 1869 to 1909, pioneered the elective system under which students were given broad choices in course selections and areas of study. Columbia, guided by luminaries like John Erskine, Mark Van Doren, and Ja ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 29 September 2010, on page 16
Copyright © 2015 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Columbia-beats-Harvard-6274
E-mail to friend
A review of The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate, edited by Gordon Wood.
How Lincoln dealt with the press and the founders' legacy.
A new biography of James Madison hopes to change the way we remember America's fourth President.
Now, the Victorian era is safely fastened in its proper place in art history. But there was a time not so long ago when it was irrationally despised.
The best way to improve our cities may be to keep them the same.
The Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity
Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"