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The Free-Press, Mankato, MN

Constitution Day Reminds Us to Rekindle Civil Debate

Constitution Day Reminds Us to Rekindle Civil Debate

September 17, 2018

Rebecca Bergman, president of Gustavus Adolphus College (MN); Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State University, Mankato; and Annette Parker, president of South Central College (MN), write: Today we recognize an important event in our nation’s history, the signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 in Philadelphia by delegates to the Constitutional Convention.  As presidents of three local higher education institutions — Gustavus Adolphus College, South Central College and Minnesota State University — we’ll be recognizing Constitution Day with a number of events on our campuses.
Rebecca Bergman, president of Gustavus Adolphus College (MN); Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State University, Mankato; and Annette Parker, president of South Central College (MN), write: Today we recognize an important event in our nation’s history, the signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 in Philadelphia by delegates to the Constitutional Convention.  As presidents of three local higher education institutions — Gustavus Adolphus College, South Central College and Minnesota State University — we’ll be recognizing Constitution Day with a number of events on our campuses.

September 17, 2018

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The Washington Post

Moving into the Freshman Dorm, 44 Years Later: The New President of Morehouse Dives into College Life

Moving into the Freshman Dorm, 44 Years Later: The New President of...

September 12, 2018

David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College (GA), writes:  For two days, I turned back the clock and lived like a freshman at Graves House, the oldest dorm on the campus of Morehouse College. It was a social experiment that allowed me to bond with a group of young men from across the world who were experiencing their first taste of independence. I packed lightly, toting only a duffel bag and a bottle of water, so they wouldn’t think that “big brother” had arrived to snoop. The responsibility that I carried with me as president of the world’s only historically black college for men was already weighty enough, particularly on that day, with the arrival of 730 new students.
David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College (GA), writes:  For two days, I turned back the clock and lived like a freshman at Graves House, the oldest dorm on the campus of Morehouse College. It was a social experiment that allowed me to bond with a group of young men from across the world who were experiencing their first taste of independence. I packed lightly, toting only a duffel bag and a bottle of water, so they wouldn’t think that “big brother” had arrived to snoop. The responsibility that I carried with me as president of the world’s only historically black college for men was already weighty enough, particularly on that day, with the arrival of 730 new students.

September 12, 2018

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TheConversation.com

Women’s Colleges Play Unique Role in Quest for Equality

Women’s Colleges Play Unique Role in Quest for Equality

September 11, 2018

Kimberly Wright Cassidy, president of Bryn Mawr College; Jacquelyn Litt, dean at Rutgers University (NJ); and ReBecca Roloff, president of St. Catherine University (MN); write: Women’s colleges have by definition led progress toward equality between the sexes since their founding in the 19th century – and, I would argue, they lead it today. One reason is that women’s colleges offer an environment in which women are the focus, and the drivers, of academic excellence.
Kimberly Wright Cassidy, president of Bryn Mawr College; Jacquelyn Litt, dean at Rutgers University (NJ); and ReBecca Roloff, president of St. Catherine University (MN); write: Women’s colleges have by definition led progress toward equality between the sexes since their founding in the 19th century – and, I would argue, they lead it today. One reason is that women’s colleges offer an environment in which women are the focus, and the drivers, of academic excellence.

September 11, 2018

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

At Commencement, How Much Celebration Is Too Much?

At Commencement, How Much Celebration Is Too Much?

September 06, 2018

Walter Kimbrough, President, Dillard University writes: While many argue that athletes should act as if they’ve been there before when successful, as a society we’ve become more accepting of excessive, even over-the-top celebrations. So what about commencement?
Walter Kimbrough, President, Dillard University writes: While many argue that athletes should act as if they’ve been there before when successful, as a society we’ve become more accepting of excessive, even over-the-top celebrations. So what about commencement?

September 06, 2018

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Chicago Tribune, IL

A Better Way to Keep Illinois College Students in the State

A Better Way to Keep Illinois College Students in the State

September 05, 2018

Eric Jensen, President, Illinois Wesleyan University writes: I agree that the state should take an active role in fighting so-called “brain drain,” and at our university we have taken actions aimed at retaining local students. But AIM HIGH focuses on the wrong target. As a first step, if legislators want to keep students in Illinois, they should do so by allocating more to the already-underfunded, need-based Monetary Award Program. As it is now, half the students in Illinois who qualify and apply for MAP are denied due to lack of funding.
Eric Jensen, President, Illinois Wesleyan University writes: I agree that the state should take an active role in fighting so-called “brain drain,” and at our university we have taken actions aimed at retaining local students. But AIM HIGH focuses on the wrong target. As a first step, if legislators want to keep students in Illinois, they should do so by allocating more to the already-underfunded, need-based Monetary Award Program. As it is now, half the students in Illinois who qualify and apply for MAP are denied due to lack of funding.

September 05, 2018

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