Ivy League schools ditch 'master' title for leaders of residential colleges

Ivy League universities are parting ways with the title of "master" for leaders of residential colleges, a label with roots stretching back to the universities of medieval Europe that many now see as evoking slavery.

Harvard and Princeton have eliminated the title, and Yale is weighing whether to change it.

The master title has long been a source of misgivings, with some holding the positions preferring to be called by their first names. But a push for change gained steam amid protests around the country as colleges moved to address student concerns about inclusiveness and the racial climate on campuses.

Princeton administrators announced last month that the masters at its six colleges had decided to drop a title they described as anachronistic and historically vexed.

Harvard last week announced plans for a change.