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Inside Higher Ed

An Open Letter to Jeff Bezos

An Open Letter to Jeff Bezos

July 06, 2017

Roger Williams University (RI) President Donald J. Farish writes:  On June 15, The New York Times published an interview with Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, in which he was asked about his philanthropic interests, now that his net worth exceeds an estimated $80 billion. His philanthropic giving to date has been modest by the standards of many other multibillionaires.  Bezos responded, “If you have any ideas, just reply to this tweet …”  Within a day, Bezos had received more than 18,000 replies. No doubt the flood of tweets will continue unabated for days to come. Yet it’s very difficult to compress a good idea into the 140-character limit of a tweet.
With that in mind, I offer my own suggestion.
Roger Williams University (RI) President Donald J. Farish writes:  On June 15, The New York Times published an interview with Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, in which he was asked about his philanthropic interests, now that his net worth exceeds an estimated $80 billion. His philanthropic giving to date has been modest by the standards of many other multibillionaires.  Bezos responded, “If you have any ideas, just reply to this tweet …”  Within a day, Bezos had received more than 18,000 replies. No doubt the flood of tweets will continue unabated for days to come. Yet it’s very difficult to compress a good idea into the 140-character limit of a tweet.
With that in mind, I offer my own suggestion.

July 06, 2017

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The Huffington Post

What’s Behind the Uproar over Student Loans? - Presidential Opinion

What’s Behind the Uproar over Student Loans? - Presidential Opinion

June 29, 2017

David Steele-Figueredo, President, Woodbury University writes: But how did we end up in this situation and what can we do about it? The basic reasons are the continuing higher-than-inflation cost of tuition; the failure of undergraduate students to graduate in four years; and the lack of high-earning employment opportunities in the post-Great Recession economy.
David Steele-Figueredo, President, Woodbury University writes: But how did we end up in this situation and what can we do about it? The basic reasons are the continuing higher-than-inflation cost of tuition; the failure of undergraduate students to graduate in four years; and the lack of high-earning employment opportunities in the post-Great Recession economy.

June 29, 2017

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Hechinger Report

Why Higher Ed Must Counteract Trump’s Move To Exit The Climate Pact

Why Higher Ed Must Counteract Trump’s Move To Exit The Climate Pact

June 28, 2017

Darron Collins, president of the College of the Atlantic (ME), writes:  President Trump may have decided to remove the U.S. from the 194-nation Paris Climate Agreement, but on our campus – and on many others across the nation – we’ll be working harder than ever to advance energy sustainability. It’s true that college campuses themselves have a relatively modest carbon footprint compared to businesses or cities.  However, we have both a special responsibility, because of our nonprofit stature, philanthropic support and influence on the next generation’s education, and a definite advantage, because of our mission and structure, to be powerful laboratories of public good where energy sustainability is concerned — through both teaching and research.
Darron Collins, president of the College of the Atlantic (ME), writes:  President Trump may have decided to remove the U.S. from the 194-nation Paris Climate Agreement, but on our campus – and on many others across the nation – we’ll be working harder than ever to advance energy sustainability. It’s true that college campuses themselves have a relatively modest carbon footprint compared to businesses or cities.  However, we have both a special responsibility, because of our nonprofit stature, philanthropic support and influence on the next generation’s education, and a definite advantage, because of our mission and structure, to be powerful laboratories of public good where energy sustainability is concerned — through both teaching and research.

June 28, 2017

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Syracuse.com

Read the Fine Print on NY's 'Free' College Tuition (Your Letters)

Read the Fine Print on NY's 'Free' College Tuition (Your Letters)

June 26, 2017

Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., president of Cazenovia College (NY) writes: As a SUNY graduate, I applaud an effort to increase access to higher education for families of modest means. That is why at my college the average cost of attendance is only slightly higher than at a SUNY school thanks to generous institutional (read "non-taxpayer") aid. Students and families should choose the college best fitted to their needs and interests, and should not be held to vague and poorly defined standards on their enrollment, graduation and choice of place to live and work following graduation.
Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., president of Cazenovia College (NY) writes: As a SUNY graduate, I applaud an effort to increase access to higher education for families of modest means. That is why at my college the average cost of attendance is only slightly higher than at a SUNY school thanks to generous institutional (read "non-taxpayer") aid. Students and families should choose the college best fitted to their needs and interests, and should not be held to vague and poorly defined standards on their enrollment, graduation and choice of place to live and work following graduation.

June 26, 2017

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Detroit Free Press

Advice From a College President Who Almost Dropped Out: Persist!

Advice From a College President Who Almost Dropped Out: Persist!

June 12, 2017

Bart Daig, president of Baker College (MI), is interviewed by the Detroit Free Press about leadership.
Bart Daig, president of Baker College (MI), is interviewed by the Detroit Free Press about leadership.

June 12, 2017

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