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Inside Higher Ed

Enough!

Enough!

January 11, 2021

Tracy Fitzsimmons, President, Shenandoah University writes: The weakness is not in our democracy, but in the hearts and minds of those who vandalized the Capitol, who ruthlessly attacked others and who interrupted democracy at work by threatening the lives of our legislators and the Capitol Police. We should all be reminded that the problem isn’t that one candidate lost, or that millions of people are disappointed that their candidate didn’t prevail. Democracy allows for loud disappointment -- even for sore losers. Their angry voices are welcome, their protests are permitted -- even when their opinions are counter to the opinions of those who are in power or about to assume it. Democracy requires some level of constant discomfort as we make room for a cacophony of voices and conflicting opinions.
Tracy Fitzsimmons, President, Shenandoah University writes: The weakness is not in our democracy, but in the hearts and minds of those who vandalized the Capitol, who ruthlessly attacked others and who interrupted democracy at work by threatening the lives of our legislators and the Capitol Police. We should all be reminded that the problem isn’t that one candidate lost, or that millions of people are disappointed that their candidate didn’t prevail. Democracy allows for loud disappointment -- even for sore losers. Their angry voices are welcome, their protests are permitted -- even when their opinions are counter to the opinions of those who are in power or about to assume it. Democracy requires some level of constant discomfort as we make room for a cacophony of voices and conflicting opinions.

January 11, 2021

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Colleges Share the Blame for Assault on Democracy

Colleges Share the Blame for Assault on Democracy

January 11, 2021

Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University writes: College presidents, quick to issue lofty statements decrying the assault on our beloved democracy, must participate in the investigation, taking up a particularly painful question: How did so many of our graduates go so wrong? Higher education must own some responsibility for the moral failures that established the conditions that led to the January 6 insurrection.
Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University writes: College presidents, quick to issue lofty statements decrying the assault on our beloved democracy, must participate in the investigation, taking up a particularly painful question: How did so many of our graduates go so wrong? Higher education must own some responsibility for the moral failures that established the conditions that led to the January 6 insurrection.

January 11, 2021

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Inside Higher Ed

Idiot Wind

Idiot Wind

January 07, 2021

Michael S. Roth, President, Wesleyan University writes: “Idiot wind, blowing like a circle around my skull, from the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol.” The words of the Bob Dylan song echo in my mind as I watch rioters marauding in Washington, D.C., playing make-believe politics in their cloud cuckoo world of conspiracies and fantasies. “You’re an idiot, babe, it’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.”
Michael S. Roth, President, Wesleyan University writes: “Idiot wind, blowing like a circle around my skull, from the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol.” The words of the Bob Dylan song echo in my mind as I watch rioters marauding in Washington, D.C., playing make-believe politics in their cloud cuckoo world of conspiracies and fantasies. “You’re an idiot, babe, it’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.”

January 07, 2021

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CantonRep.com

Double Down on Support for University Students

Double Down on Support for University Students

January 06, 2021

Thomas J. Botzman, President, University of Mount Union writes: The year 2020 has been a very challenging and confusing one for many of us, including undergraduate students working toward a college degree. Some of the difficulties facing students, such as socially-distanced classrooms and listening to lectures given by an instructor wearing a mask, are likely to pass as we move toward resolving the pandemic. 
Thomas J. Botzman, President, University of Mount Union writes: The year 2020 has been a very challenging and confusing one for many of us, including undergraduate students working toward a college degree. Some of the difficulties facing students, such as socially-distanced classrooms and listening to lectures given by an instructor wearing a mask, are likely to pass as we move toward resolving the pandemic. 

January 06, 2021

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NJSpotlight.com

These Colleges Give Minority Students a Better Chance at Upward Mobility

These Colleges Give Minority Students a Better Chance at Upward Mob...

December 18, 2020

Marcheta P. Evans, President, Bloomfield College writes: Upward mobility is a promise that many students and their families count on when sending their students to college. As part of the process of social mobility in America is the expectation that earning a college degree will be the foundation on which the next generation will be better off economically as compared to the prior generation. This promise for upward mobility is deeply rooted in the American psyche, and especially for first-generation college students and families of color who represent historically underserved populations in higher education.
Marcheta P. Evans, President, Bloomfield College writes: Upward mobility is a promise that many students and their families count on when sending their students to college. As part of the process of social mobility in America is the expectation that earning a college degree will be the foundation on which the next generation will be better off economically as compared to the prior generation. This promise for upward mobility is deeply rooted in the American psyche, and especially for first-generation college students and families of color who represent historically underserved populations in higher education.

December 18, 2020

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