Once upon a time in America, when the going was good, there emerged what looked like a ruling class. We’ll call it the WASP Ascendancy. Standing for White Anglo-​Saxon Protestant, WASP was coined by University of Pennsylvania sociologist E. Digby Baltzell (19161996).

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Aristocracy and admissions reform
The message went out without fanfare on a quiet summer morning. Thomas Hales finally was done — or so it seemed.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading A Pitt professor plans to dedicate the next 20 years of his life to proving a monumental bit of math
Adena Johnson Davis remembers marching up to the front desk at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing, plunking down her test scores, report cards and transcripts. She was a slight, young woman and had been an ‘A’ student at Peabody High School.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading These women celebrate 60 years since graduating from Pitt’s nursing school
My interest in educational reform started when I was in the legislature in Massachusetts. I was lucky enough, as a young legislator, to be offered the chairmanship of the Education Committee.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
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