WHAT’S WRONG WITH HIGHER EDUCATION? “IVORY TOWER” DISSECTS THE ANSWER

 

The most compelling moments in Ivory Tower, a documentary that debuted in theaters on Thursday, all surround Cooper Union, a historically free college that will, this fall, charge tuition for the first time in its 155-year-history. The standoff between student protesters and Cooper administrators boiled over into the occupation of president Jamshed Bharucha’s office, all of which played out during the making of the film. The footage of the standoff, inside the office, is incredible, and so, so depressing. The head of finance at Cooper comes in and says, “First let me say, I’d rather you just leave.” A member of the board comes in and explains, “The numbers are what they are, however they got there, that’s where they are.”

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