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PBS NewsHour

How Refusing to Listen to Other Voices Can Harm Us All

How Refusing to Listen to Other Voices Can Harm Us All

May 09, 2017

Trinity College (CT) President Joanne Berger-Sweeney says: These days, you can’t miss the criticism aimed at higher education.  We hear it: We’re a bunch of intolerant elites. Our students are precious snowflakes. As educators, we’re stifling speech and thought, and we’re not preparing students for the real world.  Frankly, I get it. Lately, some campus protests around the country have gone awry in truly ugly ways. Now it’s commencement season. Are controversial speakers going to be uninvited and ceremonies halted by protests? 
Trinity College (CT) President Joanne Berger-Sweeney says: These days, you can’t miss the criticism aimed at higher education.  We hear it: We’re a bunch of intolerant elites. Our students are precious snowflakes. As educators, we’re stifling speech and thought, and we’re not preparing students for the real world.  Frankly, I get it. Lately, some campus protests around the country have gone awry in truly ugly ways. Now it’s commencement season. Are controversial speakers going to be uninvited and ceremonies halted by protests? 

May 09, 2017

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The Post Standard, Syracuse, NY

Le Moyne President: Collaboration Is the Key to Changing Higher Education

Le Moyne President: Collaboration Is the Key to Changing Higher Edu...

May 05, 2017

Linda LeMura, president of  Le Moyne College (NY), writes:  In his letter to the citizens of Central New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted that his "first-in-the-nation free college program will fuel growth and opportunity across Central New York." I commend the governor for his efforts to make higher education more affordable. I must, however, respectfully disagree with his assertion that the Excelsior Scholarship will fuel economic growth. A free education for some may mean a poor education for many. 
Linda LeMura, president of  Le Moyne College (NY), writes:  In his letter to the citizens of Central New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted that his "first-in-the-nation free college program will fuel growth and opportunity across Central New York." I commend the governor for his efforts to make higher education more affordable. I must, however, respectfully disagree with his assertion that the Excelsior Scholarship will fuel economic growth. A free education for some may mean a poor education for many. 

May 05, 2017

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The Hechinger Report

‘Small Bites’ Can’t Substitute for a College Degree

‘Small Bites’ Can’t Substitute for a College Degree

May 03, 2017

Lewis Thayne, president of Lebanon Valley College (PA), writes: Today, online learning and stackable credentials must be part of what we offer, and we have added these into our model by building on our existing strengths. But small bites and stackable credentials, important as they are, cannot substitute for a complete college education.
Lewis Thayne, president of Lebanon Valley College (PA), writes: Today, online learning and stackable credentials must be part of what we offer, and we have added these into our model by building on our existing strengths. But small bites and stackable credentials, important as they are, cannot substitute for a complete college education.

May 03, 2017

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The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, VA

Higher-Ed Must Lead in Supporting Science

Higher-Ed Must Lead in Supporting Science

May 01, 2017

Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University, writes: My hope for the students at my institution, and all those throughout the educational systems of Hampton Roads and our nation, is that we will always find reasons to invest in science, to trust its lessons and to heed its warnings. If efforts to preserve the Chesapeake Bay, for example, have taught us anything, it is that practical benefits outweigh baseless speculation.
Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University, writes: My hope for the students at my institution, and all those throughout the educational systems of Hampton Roads and our nation, is that we will always find reasons to invest in science, to trust its lessons and to heed its warnings. If efforts to preserve the Chesapeake Bay, for example, have taught us anything, it is that practical benefits outweigh baseless speculation.

May 01, 2017

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USA Today College

5 Ways to Make College More Affordable

5 Ways to Make College More Affordable

April 25, 2017

Bob Allen, president of Green Mountain College (VT), writes: For most students and their families, the ability to graduate without crushing debt – and ideally, with a head start on the career of their dreams — plays a huge role in the decision of which college to attend. But don’t panic! Because of financial aid, most students don’t pay the full sticker price. There are many colleges with innovative financial aid solutions, so you can have it all — the school you have dreamed of at a net price you can afford.
Bob Allen, president of Green Mountain College (VT), writes: For most students and their families, the ability to graduate without crushing debt – and ideally, with a head start on the career of their dreams — plays a huge role in the decision of which college to attend. But don’t panic! Because of financial aid, most students don’t pay the full sticker price. There are many colleges with innovative financial aid solutions, so you can have it all — the school you have dreamed of at a net price you can afford.

April 25, 2017

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