Institutions of higher education are, to use Robert Orr’s phrase, “in the crosshairs and at the crossroads” of polarized public debates. The crosshairs are easy to describe -- student debt, rising tuition, freedom of expression, racial tensions -- and the list is endless. But the crossroads are harder stories to tell, or even to predict. What kinds of changes are possible, and do institutions of higher learning possess the collective will to make them?
Eighteen organizations, comprising of businesses, colleges, and universities, have signed a letter to the Pennsylvania general assembly urging lawmakers to support policies that combat climate change, including investing in renewable energy and pollution reduction measures.