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Is This Tax Plan a Dream-Crusher for Higher Ed’s Food Service Workers, Maintenance Staff and Housekeepers? - Presidential Opinion

Is This Tax Plan a Dream-Crusher for Higher Ed’s Food Service Worke...

December 12, 2017

Julie E. Wollman, President, Widener University writes: The current tax proposals, therefore, rank among the worrisome issues right now. This isn’t because of how these proposals would impact our university budget or endowment. It is because of how they would impact our least financially privileged employees.
Julie E. Wollman, President, Widener University writes: The current tax proposals, therefore, rank among the worrisome issues right now. This isn’t because of how these proposals would impact our university budget or endowment. It is because of how they would impact our least financially privileged employees.

December 12, 2017

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The Washington Post

Let’s Not Play Politics with the Lives of Dreamers

Let’s Not Play Politics with the Lives of Dreamers

December 05, 2017

D. Mark McCoy, president of DePauw University (IN), writes: While most American colleges are said to tilt left, I am the president of a liberal arts college in a state that tilts right. I hear both sides regularly. In today’s echo chambers, that is an uncommon experience. Daily, I have the opportunity to learn from many sides. Our country was founded on such opportunities and the spirited debate they provoke. Such is the case with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program for young immigrants with an uncertain fate.
D. Mark McCoy, president of DePauw University (IN), writes: While most American colleges are said to tilt left, I am the president of a liberal arts college in a state that tilts right. I hear both sides regularly. In today’s echo chambers, that is an uncommon experience. Daily, I have the opportunity to learn from many sides. Our country was founded on such opportunities and the spirited debate they provoke. Such is the case with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program for young immigrants with an uncertain fate.

December 05, 2017

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Diverse

Building Community Without Greek Life

Building Community Without Greek Life

December 01, 2017

Alan C. Price, President, Earlham College writes: Earlham College — where I am president and also a proud member of the Class of 1988 — has never had fraternities or sororities. This is a purposeful choice, but not always a popular one. Some have argued or advised that adding Greek life would add new energy to our campus or help us compete with peer institutions. Throughout our 170-year history, we have chosen to follow another path to helping students form lasting friendships and affinities. We aspire to be one community, embracing the incredible diversity that Earlhamites bring to the College, but keeping our focus on the values we share, not the things that separate us from one another.
Alan C. Price, President, Earlham College writes: Earlham College — where I am president and also a proud member of the Class of 1988 — has never had fraternities or sororities. This is a purposeful choice, but not always a popular one. Some have argued or advised that adding Greek life would add new energy to our campus or help us compete with peer institutions. Throughout our 170-year history, we have chosen to follow another path to helping students form lasting friendships and affinities. We aspire to be one community, embracing the incredible diversity that Earlhamites bring to the College, but keeping our focus on the values we share, not the things that separate us from one another.

December 01, 2017

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The Times-Tribune, PA

Tax Plan Targets College Funds

Tax Plan Targets College Funds

November 30, 2017

Thomas J. Botzman, president, Misericordia University (PA), writes: Higher education purposely operates at a loss. When we add tuition, fees and room and board to state and federal assistance grants and loans, revenue typically does not equal our cost of doing business. Donors who support future students often bridge the resulting deficit. Donors fund scholarships that subsidize students’ education decades later. Universities only spend a given portion of the scholarship earnings, thereby preserving the initial investment.
Thomas J. Botzman, president, Misericordia University (PA), writes: Higher education purposely operates at a loss. When we add tuition, fees and room and board to state and federal assistance grants and loans, revenue typically does not equal our cost of doing business. Donors who support future students often bridge the resulting deficit. Donors fund scholarships that subsidize students’ education decades later. Universities only spend a given portion of the scholarship earnings, thereby preserving the initial investment.

November 30, 2017

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Telegram.com, Worcester, MA

As I See It: Income Tax Proposals Would Hurt Colleges, Students and Community

As I See It: Income Tax Proposals Would Hurt Colleges, Students and...

November 29, 2017

Richard Doherty, president of the Association for Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), writes:  One of the most overlooked facts about the Republican tax bills currently pending before Congress is just how damaging they will be to higher education and millions of students across the U.S. The legislation hurts students who borrow money for higher education, colleges and universities that raise funds for scholarships and tuition assistance, and communities and states like ours that depend on higher education as an economic engine.
Richard Doherty, president of the Association for Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), writes:  One of the most overlooked facts about the Republican tax bills currently pending before Congress is just how damaging they will be to higher education and millions of students across the U.S. The legislation hurts students who borrow money for higher education, colleges and universities that raise funds for scholarships and tuition assistance, and communities and states like ours that depend on higher education as an economic engine.

November 29, 2017

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