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Inside Higher Ed

Solidarity with Foreign Students and Faculty Members

Solidarity with Foreign Students and Faculty Members

February 10, 2017

Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of Saint Anselm College (NH), writes: In response to last week's White House executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States," we as leaders at colleges and universities have had to take decisive action to protect our foreign students and faculty members and to allay the fears of the many domestic students who travel overseas to study.
Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of Saint Anselm College (NH), writes: In response to last week's White House executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States," we as leaders at colleges and universities have had to take decisive action to protect our foreign students and faculty members and to allay the fears of the many domestic students who travel overseas to study.

February 10, 2017

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Olean Times-Herald, NY

Cuomo Tuition Plan Could Hurt NY Economies

Cuomo Tuition Plan Could Hurt NY Economies

February 10, 2017

Andrew Roth, interim president of St. Bonaventure University (NY), writes:  Imagine Houghton without Houghton or Ithaca without Ithaca. Elmira without Elmira or Utica without Utica. Now imagine Allegany and Olean without St. Bonaventure.  For all the hand-wringing private college officials in the state are doing, and justifiably so, about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to provide free tuition to all SUNY and CUNY colleges, the vastly underplayed story is the devastating impact the initiative could have on small cities and towns in New York.
Andrew Roth, interim president of St. Bonaventure University (NY), writes:  Imagine Houghton without Houghton or Ithaca without Ithaca. Elmira without Elmira or Utica without Utica. Now imagine Allegany and Olean without St. Bonaventure.  For all the hand-wringing private college officials in the state are doing, and justifiably so, about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to provide free tuition to all SUNY and CUNY colleges, the vastly underplayed story is the devastating impact the initiative could have on small cities and towns in New York.

February 10, 2017

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

My ‘Dear Betsy’ Letter

My ‘Dear Betsy’ Letter

February 09, 2017

Brian Rosenberg, President, Macalester College writes: The notion that President Trump’s secretary of education would reach out for advice to the president of Macalester College is preposterous, like imagining that the Patriots would rally from a 25-point deficit in the Super Bowl or that the president of the United States would gratuitously insult, say, Australia. Couldn’t happen. Still, it doesn’t hurt to dream, so here is the counsel I would offer to the newly confirmed secretary, Betsy DeVos. 
Brian Rosenberg, President, Macalester College writes: The notion that President Trump’s secretary of education would reach out for advice to the president of Macalester College is preposterous, like imagining that the Patriots would rally from a 25-point deficit in the Super Bowl or that the president of the United States would gratuitously insult, say, Australia. Couldn’t happen. Still, it doesn’t hurt to dream, so here is the counsel I would offer to the newly confirmed secretary, Betsy DeVos. 

February 09, 2017

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The New York Times

American Universities Must Take a Stand

American Universities Must Take a Stand

February 08, 2017

Leon Botstein, president of Bard College (NY), writes: Not since the era of witch hunts and “red baiting” has the American university faced so great a threat from government. How is the university to function when a president’s administration blurs the distinction between fact and fiction by asserting the existence of “alternative facts”?  How can the university turn a blind eye to what every historian knows to be a key instrument of modern authoritarian regimes: the capacity to dress falsehood up as truth and reject the fruits of reasoned argument, evidence and rigorous verification?
Leon Botstein, president of Bard College (NY), writes: Not since the era of witch hunts and “red baiting” has the American university faced so great a threat from government. How is the university to function when a president’s administration blurs the distinction between fact and fiction by asserting the existence of “alternative facts”?  How can the university turn a blind eye to what every historian knows to be a key instrument of modern authoritarian regimes: the capacity to dress falsehood up as truth and reject the fruits of reasoned argument, evidence and rigorous verification?

February 08, 2017

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The Washington Post

This Is How You and Your Child Select the Right College

This Is How You and Your Child Select the Right College

February 06, 2017

Darron Collins, President, College of the Atlantic writes: It seems to me that many students today, perhaps more than ever, crave connection with the core of the university. They’re not focused on Greek life, plush dorms, climbing walls or lazy rivers. The core to them means the faculty and whether they will be able to work with the faculty and their classmates to make discoveries, to engage in exploring new ideas and old, and to truly experience the learning process.
Darron Collins, President, College of the Atlantic writes: It seems to me that many students today, perhaps more than ever, crave connection with the core of the university. They’re not focused on Greek life, plush dorms, climbing walls or lazy rivers. The core to them means the faculty and whether they will be able to work with the faculty and their classmates to make discoveries, to engage in exploring new ideas and old, and to truly experience the learning process.

February 06, 2017

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