Innovative Educator, Arthur Levine, To Deliver Sesquicentennial Lecture at UF October 8, 2003

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Arthur Levine, president of Teachers College at Columbia University


July 29, 2005



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Arthur Levine, president of Teachers College at Columbia UniversityArthur Levine, president of Teachers College at Columbia University, will share his perspective on the future of higher education when he delivers one of the University of Florida’s Sesquicentennial Lectures, October 8, 2003. The presentation, titled “The Future of the American University,” is scheduled for 7:30 at the Philips Center for the Performing Arts. It is open free to the public.

Levine is credited with revitalizing Teachers College, which was founded in 1887 to train teachers for New York’s expanding immigrant population. Since his appointment in 1994, he reorganized the college’s administrative and academic structure, erased an annual operating deficit, recruited top scholars and launched the college’s largest-ever capital campaign. Emphasizing what he calls the “biology of learning,” Levine started an outreach program to assist local and state education officials in bolstering educational efforts. In 1999, the college began offering Web-based certificate courses, and created a foundation to support promising educational ventures and development of new educational products and services.

Levine, an advocate of improving teacher quality and enhancing the use of technology in higher education, is the author of dozens of articles and reviews. His most recent book is When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Jeanette S. Cureton), published in 1998. His numerous opinion editorials appear in such publications as The New York Times; The Los Angeles Times; The Wall Street Journal; and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Levine is a 1982 Guggenheim Fellowship winner, and was named one of the “20 most outstanding leaders in the academic community” in a 1998 Change magazine survey.