Faculty

Harold S. Wechsler

Professor of Jewish Education and Educational History

Harold S. Wechsler

Phone: 212-992-9423
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Harold Wechsler co-directs NYU's Ph.D. program in Education and Jewish Studies. He has published widely on access, governance, business education, and the formation of curriculum and disciplines in American higher education. His books include: Jewish Learning in American Universities: The First Century (with Paul Ritterband), Access to Success in the Urban High School: The Middle College Movement, The Transfer Challenge, and The Qualified Student: A History of Selective College Admission in America, 1870-1970. He edits the annual Almanac of Higher Education for the National Education Association and coedits the ASHE Reader on the History of Higher Education (with Linda Eisenmann and Lester Goodchild). Wechsler formerly chaired the higher education programs at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and was editor of higher education publications for the National Education Association. Sponsored by a major Spencer Foundation grant, Wechsler currently studies the history of minority access to American higher education. The Ford Foundation and Littauer Foundation sponsored previous projects. He is a former president of the History of Education Society, a former member of the executive committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, and the winner of the Greatest Mets Fan competition (1969).


Degrees Held

  • A.B. Columbia College, New York City 1967
    History
  • M.A. Columbia University, New York City 1969
    Department of History
  • Ph.D. Columbia University, New York City 1974
    Department of History

Selected Publications

  • Access to Success in the Urban High School: The Middle College Movement (New York: Teachers College Press, 2001), (ISBN: 0807740527; eBook ISBN: 0585440948).
  • NEA Almanac of Higher Education, editor, 1994-present.
  • Jewish Learning in American Universities: The First Century (Bloomington and Indianapolis, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1994), (with Paul Ritterband), (ISBN: 0253350395).
  • The Transfer Challenge: Removing Barriers; Maintaining Commitment: A Handbook for Four-Year Colleges (Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges, 1989), (ISBN: 0911696466).
  • The History of Higher Education, third edition (Needham Heights, Mass.: Pearson Publishing, , 2007), (edited with Linda Eisenmann and Lester L. Goodchild). Earlier editions: 1989 and 1997.
  • The New Look: The Ford Foundation and the Revolution in Business Education (Los Angeles: Graduate Management Admissions Council, 1988) (with Steven L. Schlossman and Michael W. Sedlak).
  • The Qualified Student: A History of Selective College Admission in America 1870-1970, second edition (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction, forthcoming 2014). First edition: New York: John Wiley-Interscience, 1977, ISBN: 0471924415.
  • “Difficult Dialogues: An Academic Response to Campus Strife,” in Hilda Hernåndez Granville, Robert M. O’Neil, and Garret S. Batten, eds., Pluralism and Academic Freedom in Higher Education: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned from the Difficult Dialogues Initiative (Charlottesville, Va.: Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. 2012), 3-24.
  • “Making a Religion of Intergroup Education: The National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1927-1957,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 47 (1) (Winter, 2012), 3-41.
  • “Eight Subway Stops on the Brighton Line—and What Happened in Between,” in Wayne J. Urban, ed., Leaders in the History of American Education: Autobiographical Essays (Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2011), 313-320.
  • “Higher Education, Jewish Involvement in,” in Judith R. Baskin, ed., The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 628-630.
  • “The Temporary Commission Surveys Bias in Admissions,” in John B. Clark, W. Bruce Leslie, and Kenneth P. O’Brien, eds., SUNY at Sixty: The Promise of the State University of New York (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2010), 29-38.
  • “Brewing Bachelors: The History of the University of Newark,” Paedagogica Historica 46 (1–2), (2010), 229-249.
  • “How Getting into College Led Me to Study the History of Getting into College,” History of Education Quarterly 49 (1) (February, 2009), 1-38.
  • “Belonging Before Belief,” in Jack Wertheimer, ed., Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the 21st Century (Lebanon, N.H.: Brandeis University Press; University Press of New England, 2009), 113-144 (with Cyd Beth Weissman).
  • “Promoting a Counterculture,” in Jack Wertheimer, ed., Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the 21st Century (Lebanon, N.H.: Brandeis University Press; University Press of New England, 2009), 207-235 (with Cyd Beth Weissman).
  • “One Third of a Campus: Ruth Crawford Mitchell and Second-Generation American Students at the University of Pittsburgh,” History of Education Quarterly 48 (1) (February, 2008), 94-132.

Courses

  • EJST-GE 2003 001 - History of Jewish Education
  • EJST-GE 2005 001 - Social Context of Jewish Education
  • EJST-GE 2010 001/EJST-GE 2013 001 - Seminar in Jewish Education (four semester sequence)
  • HSED-GE 2067 001 - History of Higher Education
  • HSED-GE 2174 001 - History of American Education-Race and Ethnicity