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To Boost the Economy, Help Students First

To Boost the Economy, Help Students First

December 21, 2016

Sheila C. Bair, president, Washington College (MD), writes: Donald J. Trump has made bold and provocative campaign promises on taxes, trade, immigration and infrastructure. These pledges are all in service of bolstering our economic future. While we hope these initiatives will help our economic prospects, there is one important measure missing from the debate. And it could have an even more immediate and direct impact on economic growth: student debt relief. Student debt relief is smart economics and smart politics for the new administration.
Sheila C. Bair, president, Washington College (MD), writes: Donald J. Trump has made bold and provocative campaign promises on taxes, trade, immigration and infrastructure. These pledges are all in service of bolstering our economic future. While we hope these initiatives will help our economic prospects, there is one important measure missing from the debate. And it could have an even more immediate and direct impact on economic growth: student debt relief. Student debt relief is smart economics and smart politics for the new administration.

December 21, 2016

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Closing the Stubborn College Graduation Gap Between Rich and Poor

Closing the Stubborn College Graduation Gap Between Rich and Poor

December 20, 2016

Carol Quillen, president of Davidson College (NC); Josh Wyner, vice president and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program; and Martin Kurzweil, director of the Educational Transformation Program at Ithaka S+R, write: Today, a college degree is more critical than ever. Those with a college degree not only earn more than those without, they are more likely to be employed. Unfortunately, America continues to struggle to provide postsecondary education to young people from lower-income backgrounds. Even the most academically qualified lower-income students are far less likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than their higher-income peers.
Carol Quillen, president of Davidson College (NC); Josh Wyner, vice president and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program; and Martin Kurzweil, director of the Educational Transformation Program at Ithaka S+R, write: Today, a college degree is more critical than ever. Those with a college degree not only earn more than those without, they are more likely to be employed. Unfortunately, America continues to struggle to provide postsecondary education to young people from lower-income backgrounds. Even the most academically qualified lower-income students are far less likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than their higher-income peers.

December 20, 2016

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What 'Grit' Means for College Educators

What 'Grit' Means for College Educators

December 12, 2016

Daniel R. Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College (PA), writes:  One of the hot topics on campuses this year is “grit,” which University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth understands as a fusion of passion, aspiration, tenacity and resilience that launches people to success. Her important new book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, challenges educators and institutions to see and strengthen this mind-set in our students.
Daniel R. Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College (PA), writes:  One of the hot topics on campuses this year is “grit,” which University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth understands as a fusion of passion, aspiration, tenacity and resilience that launches people to success. Her important new book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, challenges educators and institutions to see and strengthen this mind-set in our students.

December 12, 2016

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Here's How Universities Can Help Foster Civil Discourse in the Trump Era

Here's How Universities Can Help Foster Civil Discourse in the Trum...

November 29, 2016

Thomas P. Foley, president of Mount Aloysius College (PA), writes: While not immune to the distemper infecting the larger society, higher education is uniquely positioned to combat it.
Thomas P. Foley, president of Mount Aloysius College (PA), writes: While not immune to the distemper infecting the larger society, higher education is uniquely positioned to combat it.

November 29, 2016

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Advancing American Education

Advancing American Education

November 27, 2016

Mark A. Smith, president of Ohio Christian University, writes: In higher education we also must reduce federal regulations and mandates on colleges and accreditation agencies. College cost is increasing in direct proportion to all the required staffing to meet federal requirements. Colleges and universities are our best innovative learning labs; federal mandates only restrict those environments. Many new federal programs have required staffing increases with little or no impact on learning. Peer accreditation and market-driven solutions should determine what colleges remain open.
Mark A. Smith, president of Ohio Christian University, writes: In higher education we also must reduce federal regulations and mandates on colleges and accreditation agencies. College cost is increasing in direct proportion to all the required staffing to meet federal requirements. Colleges and universities are our best innovative learning labs; federal mandates only restrict those environments. Many new federal programs have required staffing increases with little or no impact on learning. Peer accreditation and market-driven solutions should determine what colleges remain open.

November 27, 2016

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