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The Chronicle of Higher Education

When Debate Dies, Who Loses?

When Debate Dies, Who Loses?

March 23, 2017

Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University (LA), writes: As part of my inaugural activities at Philander Smith College, in 2005, I started a lecture series called "Bless the Mic." In my remarks before introducing the first speaker, I said, "A lecture series is a staple in American higher education, but frankly, the average lecture series is boring, stuffy, dry, stale, and tired. I don’t want anyone to get me wrong. A fascinating conversation about ‘The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos’ is welcomed … but just not here."
Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University (LA), writes: As part of my inaugural activities at Philander Smith College, in 2005, I started a lecture series called "Bless the Mic." In my remarks before introducing the first speaker, I said, "A lecture series is a staple in American higher education, but frankly, the average lecture series is boring, stuffy, dry, stale, and tired. I don’t want anyone to get me wrong. A fascinating conversation about ‘The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos’ is welcomed … but just not here."

March 23, 2017

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Fairfield Citizen, CT

Taxing Private Colleges Shoots Connecticut in the Foot

Taxing Private Colleges Shoots Connecticut in the Foot

March 21, 2017

John J. Petillo, president of Sacred Heart University (CT), writes:  As Gov. Malloy and the Connecticut Legislature debate cost overruns and budget deficits, they are looking, understandably, at every possible way to trim fat from the state budget. Programs and policies well-worn and long protected by compromise, convenience or political favor are under scrutiny, as they should be. But it would be a mistake - and worse, dangerously counterproductive to our State’s long-term interests - if financial aid and much-needed support to our private colleges and universities were to be further cut, or if new taxes, tariffs or fees are imposed on our critical educational infrastructure.
John J. Petillo, president of Sacred Heart University (CT), writes:  As Gov. Malloy and the Connecticut Legislature debate cost overruns and budget deficits, they are looking, understandably, at every possible way to trim fat from the state budget. Programs and policies well-worn and long protected by compromise, convenience or political favor are under scrutiny, as they should be. But it would be a mistake - and worse, dangerously counterproductive to our State’s long-term interests - if financial aid and much-needed support to our private colleges and universities were to be further cut, or if new taxes, tariffs or fees are imposed on our critical educational infrastructure.

March 21, 2017

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The Huffington Post

A Third Way for Universities

A Third Way for Universities

March 20, 2017

Paula Wallace, president and founder, Savannah College of Art & Design (GA), writes: And yet, who says today’s universities must focus on one or the other? To forsake considerations of the practical is foolhardy, whereas to ignore the deepest longing of the human heart is just as shortsighted. I am privileged to serve as president of a university that champions a third way.
Paula Wallace, president and founder, Savannah College of Art & Design (GA), writes: And yet, who says today’s universities must focus on one or the other? To forsake considerations of the practical is foolhardy, whereas to ignore the deepest longing of the human heart is just as shortsighted. I am privileged to serve as president of a university that champions a third way.

March 20, 2017

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Speak for My University? It’s Complicated

Speak for My University? It’s Complicated

March 20, 2017

Michael Hemesath, president of Saint John’s University (MN), writes: As I am sure is true of most of my presidential colleagues, rarely does a week go by when I am not asked to commit the institution to a position on some public issue beyond our campus. 
Michael Hemesath, president of Saint John’s University (MN), writes: As I am sure is true of most of my presidential colleagues, rarely does a week go by when I am not asked to commit the institution to a position on some public issue beyond our campus. 

March 20, 2017

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The Detroit News, MI

Michigan’s Private Colleges Matter

Michigan’s Private Colleges Matter

March 17, 2017

Jeff Abernathy, president of Alma College (MI), writes: A recent report by Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities (MICU) examines the economic footprint of the state’s 25 not-for-profit schools. The data makes a strong case for private higher education as a valuable alternative to the state’s public schools. The privates contribute significantly to creating a highly educated workforce, and they strongly impact the communities they serve.
Jeff Abernathy, president of Alma College (MI), writes: A recent report by Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities (MICU) examines the economic footprint of the state’s 25 not-for-profit schools. The data makes a strong case for private higher education as a valuable alternative to the state’s public schools. The privates contribute significantly to creating a highly educated workforce, and they strongly impact the communities they serve.

March 17, 2017

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