In loco parentis is the theory that colleges can, and ought to, act “in the place of a parent” with regard to their students. How has this philosophy guided the formation of the modern university, and how has the concept changed over time since its origination in the early 20th century? Christopher P. Loss, professor of history, public policy, and higher education at Vanderbilt University, joins ACTA’s Erik Gross for a deep dive into one of the pivotal guiding philosophies in American higher education.


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