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The Hechinger Report

A College President Worries About ‘A Drastic And Unwanted Turn In How The World Perceives America’

A College President Worries About ‘A Drastic And Unwanted Turn In H...

September 22, 2020

Margee Ensign, President, Dickinson College writes: As president of one of the first colleges in the U.S. to announce a remote fall semester, I’ve been asked by many — students, parents, faculty, alumni, media: How did we come to that difficult decision, and why?
Margee Ensign, President, Dickinson College writes: As president of one of the first colleges in the U.S. to announce a remote fall semester, I’ve been asked by many — students, parents, faculty, alumni, media: How did we come to that difficult decision, and why?

September 22, 2020

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

This HBCU President Joined a Covid-19 Vaccine Trial. His Call for More Volunteers Stirred Outrage.

This HBCU President Joined a Covid-19 Vaccine Trial. His Call for M...

September 22, 2020

Earlier this month, Kimbrough, the president of Dillard University, and C. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana, issued a public letter announcing that they were participating in a Covid-19 vaccine trial. Kimbrough and Verret, both leaders of private, historically Black universities in New Orleans, encouraged their students, faculty, staff, and alumni to consider participating in the same trial or others like it.
Earlier this month, Kimbrough, the president of Dillard University, and C. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana, issued a public letter announcing that they were participating in a Covid-19 vaccine trial. Kimbrough and Verret, both leaders of private, historically Black universities in New Orleans, encouraged their students, faculty, staff, and alumni to consider participating in the same trial or others like it.

September 22, 2020

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Inside Higher Ed

Against Schadenfreude

Against Schadenfreude

September 16, 2020

Susan Henking, President, Salem College writes: These days I find myself asking whether there is such a thing as institutional schadenfreude. That might be a good label for the realization, as one scans the landscape of higher education, that the incredibly hard decision a number of colleges made weeks and months ago to be fully remote this fall has been confirmed by the awful experience of many institutions around us. Some -- for example, Beloit University -- were truly creative from the very beginning. One wonders what their leaders think now, as we hear of institutions that open with limited or full face-to-face classes and then must rapidly move back online instead. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. North Carolina State University. The University of Notre Dame. The list goes on.
Susan Henking, President, Salem College writes: These days I find myself asking whether there is such a thing as institutional schadenfreude. That might be a good label for the realization, as one scans the landscape of higher education, that the incredibly hard decision a number of colleges made weeks and months ago to be fully remote this fall has been confirmed by the awful experience of many institutions around us. Some -- for example, Beloit University -- were truly creative from the very beginning. One wonders what their leaders think now, as we hear of institutions that open with limited or full face-to-face classes and then must rapidly move back online instead. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. North Carolina State University. The University of Notre Dame. The list goes on.

September 16, 2020

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The Hechinger Report

We Must Invest in Engines of Opportunity, Our Public Colleges and Universities

We Must Invest in Engines of Opportunity, Our Public Colleges and U...

September 11, 2020

Biddy Martin, President, Amherst College writes: If and when the federal government responds to the crisis with stimulus funds, as it surely must, I fervently hope our representatives will support states and localities because we cannot afford, as a country, to have our public institutions of higher education weakened or, in some cases, decimated. It is hard for people to imagine the loss of conditions they have always had and, therefore, take for granted.
Biddy Martin, President, Amherst College writes: If and when the federal government responds to the crisis with stimulus funds, as it surely must, I fervently hope our representatives will support states and localities because we cannot afford, as a country, to have our public institutions of higher education weakened or, in some cases, decimated. It is hard for people to imagine the loss of conditions they have always had and, therefore, take for granted.

September 11, 2020

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The Hill

Pandemic Requires Partnerships Like Never Before

Pandemic Requires Partnerships Like Never Before

September 09, 2020

Shirly M. Collado, President, Ithaca College; and Svante Myrick, Mayor, Ithaca, NY write: As school leaders grapple with what to do, they must recognize their decisions have massive health implications for the cities and towns in which they reside — regardless of whether college students themselves are at serious risk of the disease.
Shirly M. Collado, President, Ithaca College; and Svante Myrick, Mayor, Ithaca, NY write: As school leaders grapple with what to do, they must recognize their decisions have massive health implications for the cities and towns in which they reside — regardless of whether college students themselves are at serious risk of the disease.

September 09, 2020

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