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Inside Higher Ed

Ordinary Education in Extraordinary Times

Ordinary Education in Extraordinary Times

December 12, 2018

Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University (CT), writes: When we foster intellectual diversity, we are practicing learning from others different from ourselves. Sure, sometimes people retreat to the "bubbles" of their own tribe, whether they call that safety, tradition or prejudice. But much of the time, our teachers, students and staff encounter difference and try to figure out how to learn from it, sometimes finding out that commonalities are more significant than the distinctions that first impressed them.
Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University (CT), writes: When we foster intellectual diversity, we are practicing learning from others different from ourselves. Sure, sometimes people retreat to the "bubbles" of their own tribe, whether they call that safety, tradition or prejudice. But much of the time, our teachers, students and staff encounter difference and try to figure out how to learn from it, sometimes finding out that commonalities are more significant than the distinctions that first impressed them.

December 12, 2018

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The Washington Post

How One Private University Is Drawing More Pell Students

How One Private University Is Drawing More Pell Students

December 10, 2018

Washington and Lee University (VA) President William C. Dudley writes:  In October 2017, less than a year into my tenure as the president of Washington and Lee University in Virginia, The Washington Post called to ask why W&L had the lowest percentage of Pell-eligible students among the nation’s top-ranked colleges. The data showed that 6 percent of our entering students in the fall of 2015 were eligible for the federal Pell Grant, which is the most commonly used proxy for an institution’s commitment to socio-economic diversity.
Washington and Lee University (VA) President William C. Dudley writes:  In October 2017, less than a year into my tenure as the president of Washington and Lee University in Virginia, The Washington Post called to ask why W&L had the lowest percentage of Pell-eligible students among the nation’s top-ranked colleges. The data showed that 6 percent of our entering students in the fall of 2015 were eligible for the federal Pell Grant, which is the most commonly used proxy for an institution’s commitment to socio-economic diversity.

December 10, 2018

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Actually, Academe Never Was All That Great

Actually, Academe Never Was All That Great

December 06, 2018

Brian Rosenberg, president of Macalester College (MN), writes:   Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, stepped into a mess last August when he declared at a public bill-signing event that America "was never that great." That statement was, to put it mildly, inartful, given the quasi-religious standing of patriotism in the United States.  What Cuomo meant, I assume, was that some of us are too often nostalgic for a past that wasn’t perfect or even preferable to the present, particularly if you were a woman in the work force, or a person of color, or gay, or poor. I suspect he would have attracted fewer headlines if he had said exactly that.
Brian Rosenberg, president of Macalester College (MN), writes:   Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, stepped into a mess last August when he declared at a public bill-signing event that America "was never that great." That statement was, to put it mildly, inartful, given the quasi-religious standing of patriotism in the United States.  What Cuomo meant, I assume, was that some of us are too often nostalgic for a past that wasn’t perfect or even preferable to the present, particularly if you were a woman in the work force, or a person of color, or gay, or poor. I suspect he would have attracted fewer headlines if he had said exactly that.

December 06, 2018

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Inside Higher Ed

Truth, Facts and Liberal Education in a 'Post-Truth' Era

Truth, Facts and Liberal Education in a 'Post-Truth' Era

December 03, 2018

Grant Cornwell, president of Rollins College (FL), writes: Across continents and millennia, universities have played a central role in democracy by preparing students to critically engage with the issues that affect their lives. But our current cultural moment has raised an urgent question: What is the role of higher education at a time when the very ideas of truth, facts and core principles of justice seem up for grabs? In response, I would argue that liberal arts education is more valuable and more urgently needed than ever before.
Grant Cornwell, president of Rollins College (FL), writes: Across continents and millennia, universities have played a central role in democracy by preparing students to critically engage with the issues that affect their lives. But our current cultural moment has raised an urgent question: What is the role of higher education at a time when the very ideas of truth, facts and core principles of justice seem up for grabs? In response, I would argue that liberal arts education is more valuable and more urgently needed than ever before.

December 03, 2018

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Forbes

What Will the Harvard Case Mean for Affirmative Action? An Explainer

What Will the Harvard Case Mean for Affirmative Action? An Explainer

December 03, 2018

Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University (NY), writes: When I was general counsel at the University of Michigan, I coordinated our defense of two lawsuits challenging our admissions policies. We went to the Supreme Court in 2003, and the justices upheld a longstanding precedent, that student-body diversity is a compelling interest and that a narrowly tailored plan to achieve that diversity was constitutionally permissible.
Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University (NY), writes: When I was general counsel at the University of Michigan, I coordinated our defense of two lawsuits challenging our admissions policies. We went to the Supreme Court in 2003, and the justices upheld a longstanding precedent, that student-body diversity is a compelling interest and that a narrowly tailored plan to achieve that diversity was constitutionally permissible.

December 03, 2018

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