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What Deans Expect of Department Heads

What Deans Expect of Department Heads

November 21, 2016

Gary A. Olson, president of Daemen College (NY), writes: A key to becoming an effective department head is the ability to balance those two very different roles. Ineffective chairs foster an us-versus-them climate within the department: “You’ll never guess what they are going to make us do now,” such chairs say, where “they” means all university administrators above the department level lumped into one. Adopting that stance may ingratiate you to department members in the short term, but it also demonstrates a lack of leadership.
Gary A. Olson, president of Daemen College (NY), writes: A key to becoming an effective department head is the ability to balance those two very different roles. Ineffective chairs foster an us-versus-them climate within the department: “You’ll never guess what they are going to make us do now,” such chairs say, where “they” means all university administrators above the department level lumped into one. Adopting that stance may ingratiate you to department members in the short term, but it also demonstrates a lack of leadership.

November 21, 2016

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For Women, Glass Ceilings, and Glass Walls Too

For Women, Glass Ceilings, and Glass Walls Too

November 17, 2016

Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College, writes: One week after the election, many students on my campus, one of the nation’s largest women’s colleges, remain heartbroken that Hillary Clinton was not able to shatter, in her words, “the highest, hardest glass ceiling.” Many people have attributed Mrs. Clinton’s loss to her actions in public life, or to an America that wanted “change” at any cost. But this loss is as much about sexism as anything else.
Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College, writes: One week after the election, many students on my campus, one of the nation’s largest women’s colleges, remain heartbroken that Hillary Clinton was not able to shatter, in her words, “the highest, hardest glass ceiling.” Many people have attributed Mrs. Clinton’s loss to her actions in public life, or to an America that wanted “change” at any cost. But this loss is as much about sexism as anything else.

November 17, 2016

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Media Rankings Don't Address Crucial Qualities of Universities

Media Rankings Don't Address Crucial Qualities of Universities

November 14, 2016

Kim A. Wilcox, chancellor of University of California Riverside, writes: In the next several weeks, millions of high school seniors will apply to colleges and universities across the nation. If you are one of them — and if you come from a low-income family or are a minority student — I urge you not to look at higher education rankings systems that emphasize reputation, acceptance rates and alumni giving.  Instead, keep your eye on rankings that rely upon a different set of numbers: Namely, graduation and retention rates. That’s because the current trends in enrolling and graduating low-income and minority students threaten social justice in higher education.
Kim A. Wilcox, chancellor of University of California Riverside, writes: In the next several weeks, millions of high school seniors will apply to colleges and universities across the nation. If you are one of them — and if you come from a low-income family or are a minority student — I urge you not to look at higher education rankings systems that emphasize reputation, acceptance rates and alumni giving.  Instead, keep your eye on rankings that rely upon a different set of numbers: Namely, graduation and retention rates. That’s because the current trends in enrolling and graduating low-income and minority students threaten social justice in higher education.

November 14, 2016

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Title IX in the Age of Trump

Title IX in the Age of Trump

November 07, 2016

Mariko Silver, President, Bennington College writes: Colleges and universities are grappling -- urgently, constantly and necessarily -- with the problem of campus sexual assault. While higher education administrators are focusing, rightly, on what happens on campuses, in our classrooms and dorms and disciplinary meetings, this year’s presidential campaign has made clear (if it was not already) that the problem of sexual harassment, sexual assault and their enabling antecedents are widespread throughout American society.
Mariko Silver, President, Bennington College writes: Colleges and universities are grappling -- urgently, constantly and necessarily -- with the problem of campus sexual assault. While higher education administrators are focusing, rightly, on what happens on campuses, in our classrooms and dorms and disciplinary meetings, this year’s presidential campaign has made clear (if it was not already) that the problem of sexual harassment, sexual assault and their enabling antecedents are widespread throughout American society.

November 07, 2016

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Diversifying Education to Diversify the Economy

Diversifying Education to Diversify the Economy

October 31, 2016

Dr. Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan College (VA), writes: Through strong internship and career-preparation programs, Virginia’s private colleges and universities offer abundant opportunities for professional orientation in business, medicine, and other fields, points out the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia.
Dr. Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan College (VA), writes: Through strong internship and career-preparation programs, Virginia’s private colleges and universities offer abundant opportunities for professional orientation in business, medicine, and other fields, points out the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia.

October 31, 2016

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