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The Washington Post

I Lead America’s Top-Ranked University. Here’s Why These Rankings Are A Problem.

I Lead America’s Top-Ranked University. Here’s Why These Rankings A...

October 25, 2021

Christopher L. Eisgruber, President, Princeton University writes: My university has now topped the U.S. News & World Report rankings for 11 years running. Given Princeton’s success, you might think I would be a fan of the list. Not so. I am convinced that the rankings game is a bit of mishegoss — a slightly daft obsession that does harm when colleges, parents, or students take it too seriously.
Christopher L. Eisgruber, President, Princeton University writes: My university has now topped the U.S. News & World Report rankings for 11 years running. Given Princeton’s success, you might think I would be a fan of the list. Not so. I am convinced that the rankings game is a bit of mishegoss — a slightly daft obsession that does harm when colleges, parents, or students take it too seriously.

October 25, 2021

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MinnPost.com

An Increase in Pell Grants Must Be Part of Any Final Budget Deal

An Increase in Pell Grants Must Be Part of Any Final Budget Deal

October 15, 2021

Macalester College (MN) President Suzanne M. Rivera writes:  Student loan debt is a national emergency. The rising cost of college affects families, communities and organizations that require highly educated workers, and it’s a problem we need to tackle together as a state and as a country. Most pressingly, we need to reduce cost as a barrier for lower-income students interested in pursuing a college education. The Pell Grant is an essential tool for doing just that. 
Macalester College (MN) President Suzanne M. Rivera writes:  Student loan debt is a national emergency. The rising cost of college affects families, communities and organizations that require highly educated workers, and it’s a problem we need to tackle together as a state and as a country. Most pressingly, we need to reduce cost as a barrier for lower-income students interested in pursuing a college education. The Pell Grant is an essential tool for doing just that. 

October 15, 2021

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The News-Tribune, WA

Pell Grants Make College Attainable for Millions of Americans, Including Here in Tacoma

Pell Grants Make College Attainable for Millions of Americans, Incl...

October 13, 2021

Isiaah Crawford, president of the University of Puget Sound (WA), writes: Congress has an immediate opportunity to act on a popular bipartisan issue: college access and affordability. Right now in Washington, D.C., legislators are negotiating the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better reconciliation bill. The next few weeks will be critical to the college access and affordability agenda as lawmakers, including Washington state’s own Patty Murray, have the opportunity to ensure that much-needed Pell Grant increases are protected during these negotiations.
Isiaah Crawford, president of the University of Puget Sound (WA), writes: Congress has an immediate opportunity to act on a popular bipartisan issue: college access and affordability. Right now in Washington, D.C., legislators are negotiating the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better reconciliation bill. The next few weeks will be critical to the college access and affordability agenda as lawmakers, including Washington state’s own Patty Murray, have the opportunity to ensure that much-needed Pell Grant increases are protected during these negotiations.

October 13, 2021

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Canton Repository. Canton, OH

Doubling Pell Grants Will Increase Opportunities for All Students

Doubling Pell Grants Will Increase Opportunities for All Students

October 08, 2021

Thomas Botzman, president of University of Mount Union (OH), writes:  For close to 50 years, students from low-income and moderate-income families have benefited from receiving Pell Grants. Depending on their individual circumstances, they received up to $6,495 to be used over 12 semesters. These grants diversified the student body in every type of higher education institution, and in a small way, anticipated the equity initiatives that are currently framing curriculum, hiring and admissions decisions. The academic and workplace success made possible by these Pell Grants, especially for first-generation students and their families, has been transformative.   
Thomas Botzman, president of University of Mount Union (OH), writes:  For close to 50 years, students from low-income and moderate-income families have benefited from receiving Pell Grants. Depending on their individual circumstances, they received up to $6,495 to be used over 12 semesters. These grants diversified the student body in every type of higher education institution, and in a small way, anticipated the equity initiatives that are currently framing curriculum, hiring and admissions decisions. The academic and workplace success made possible by these Pell Grants, especially for first-generation students and their families, has been transformative.   

October 08, 2021

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The Atlantic

Universities Are Shunning Their Responsibility to Democracy

Universities Are Shunning Their Responsibility to Democracy

October 05, 2021

Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University (MD), writes: Institutions of higher education have remained, at best, bit players in the project of educating the citizenry.
Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University (MD), writes: Institutions of higher education have remained, at best, bit players in the project of educating the citizenry.

October 05, 2021

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