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Real Clear Education

Why Gov. Cuomo's Free Tuition Plan Hurts Private Colleges

Why Gov. Cuomo's Free Tuition Plan Hurts Private Colleges

May 17, 2017

Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., president of Saint Leo University (FL), writes:  On Wednesday, April 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to move forward this fall with the Excelsior Scholarship, which will provide tuition-free access for many in-state students to attend the State University of New York institutions.
Proponents of the New York plan are already hoisting it as a model for other states. The reality is it is anything but the model we should pursue and is very likely to unravel the fabric of the greatest higher education system in the world.
Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., president of Saint Leo University (FL), writes:  On Wednesday, April 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to move forward this fall with the Excelsior Scholarship, which will provide tuition-free access for many in-state students to attend the State University of New York institutions.
Proponents of the New York plan are already hoisting it as a model for other states. The reality is it is anything but the model we should pursue and is very likely to unravel the fabric of the greatest higher education system in the world.

May 17, 2017

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The Washington Post

There’s an Easy Way to Change College Admissions So the Top Schools Don’t Have So Many Wealthy Students

There’s an Easy Way to Change College Admissions So the Top Schools...

May 17, 2017

Catharine Bond Hill, president emerita of Vassar College (NY) and managing director of Ithaka S+R, writes:  
The frenzied atmosphere that pervades as high school seniors and their families make college decisions showed no signs of improvement this year. While young people are faced with difficult choices and trade-offs, some have already been made for them: The admissions playing field is far from level, and our nation’s colleges and universities can do better. We need to change the trade-offs that these colleges and universities face as they decide between talented high-income and talented low- and middle-income applicants.
Catharine Bond Hill, president emerita of Vassar College (NY) and managing director of Ithaka S+R, writes:  
The frenzied atmosphere that pervades as high school seniors and their families make college decisions showed no signs of improvement this year. While young people are faced with difficult choices and trade-offs, some have already been made for them: The admissions playing field is far from level, and our nation’s colleges and universities can do better. We need to change the trade-offs that these colleges and universities face as they decide between talented high-income and talented low- and middle-income applicants.

May 17, 2017

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Hechinger Report

Kaplan Deal Expands Access to Higher Ed and Opponents at Purdue Should Reconsider Their Position

Kaplan Deal Expands Access to Higher Ed and Opponents at Purdue Sho...

May 16, 2017

Donald Farish, president of Roger Williams University (RI), wrote:  Purdue University President and the former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels recently announced plans to acquire seven for-profit schools and colleges from Kaplan University — along with more than 30,000 online students and some 3,000 current Kaplan employees. The new nonprofit university will have its own name but carry the Purdue label.  The blogosphere has been buzzing ever since. At the heart of the dispute is an issue that has bedeviled education for centuries: the struggle for access by those seeking education, and the opposition by those who are educated and who seek to preserve their special status by restricting access to newcomers.
Donald Farish, president of Roger Williams University (RI), wrote:  Purdue University President and the former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels recently announced plans to acquire seven for-profit schools and colleges from Kaplan University — along with more than 30,000 online students and some 3,000 current Kaplan employees. The new nonprofit university will have its own name but carry the Purdue label.  The blogosphere has been buzzing ever since. At the heart of the dispute is an issue that has bedeviled education for centuries: the struggle for access by those seeking education, and the opposition by those who are educated and who seek to preserve their special status by restricting access to newcomers.

May 16, 2017

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PBS NewsHour

How Refusing to Listen to Other Voices Can Harm Us All

How Refusing to Listen to Other Voices Can Harm Us All

May 09, 2017

Trinity College (CT) President Joanne Berger-Sweeney says: These days, you can’t miss the criticism aimed at higher education.  We hear it: We’re a bunch of intolerant elites. Our students are precious snowflakes. As educators, we’re stifling speech and thought, and we’re not preparing students for the real world.  Frankly, I get it. Lately, some campus protests around the country have gone awry in truly ugly ways. Now it’s commencement season. Are controversial speakers going to be uninvited and ceremonies halted by protests? 
Trinity College (CT) President Joanne Berger-Sweeney says: These days, you can’t miss the criticism aimed at higher education.  We hear it: We’re a bunch of intolerant elites. Our students are precious snowflakes. As educators, we’re stifling speech and thought, and we’re not preparing students for the real world.  Frankly, I get it. Lately, some campus protests around the country have gone awry in truly ugly ways. Now it’s commencement season. Are controversial speakers going to be uninvited and ceremonies halted by protests? 

May 09, 2017

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The Post Standard, Syracuse, NY

Le Moyne President: Collaboration Is the Key to Changing Higher Education

Le Moyne President: Collaboration Is the Key to Changing Higher Edu...

May 05, 2017

Linda LeMura, president of  Le Moyne College (NY), writes:  In his letter to the citizens of Central New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted that his "first-in-the-nation free college program will fuel growth and opportunity across Central New York." I commend the governor for his efforts to make higher education more affordable. I must, however, respectfully disagree with his assertion that the Excelsior Scholarship will fuel economic growth. A free education for some may mean a poor education for many. 
Linda LeMura, president of  Le Moyne College (NY), writes:  In his letter to the citizens of Central New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted that his "first-in-the-nation free college program will fuel growth and opportunity across Central New York." I commend the governor for his efforts to make higher education more affordable. I must, however, respectfully disagree with his assertion that the Excelsior Scholarship will fuel economic growth. A free education for some may mean a poor education for many. 

May 05, 2017

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