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The Hechinger Report

Here’s a Reason to Help More Students Earn College Degrees — Adaptability

Here’s a Reason to Help More Students Earn College Degrees — Adapta...

December 19, 2017

John Bravman, president of Bucknell University (PA), writes: The demand for colleges and universities to justify their existence is greater than ever before. Parents and their students aren’t defining this demand in terms of the critical-thinking and leadership skills that broadly educated individuals gain. Rather, they are using as their gauge the size of the paychecks that students earn soon after graduation. This is understandable. 
John Bravman, president of Bucknell University (PA), writes: The demand for colleges and universities to justify their existence is greater than ever before. Parents and their students aren’t defining this demand in terms of the critical-thinking and leadership skills that broadly educated individuals gain. Rather, they are using as their gauge the size of the paychecks that students earn soon after graduation. This is understandable. 

December 19, 2017

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Fox News.com

University President: We Know Your Kids Are Drinking and We Need Your Help

University President: We Know Your Kids Are Drinking and We Need Yo...

December 19, 2017

Michael A. Fitts, president of Tulane University (LA), writes: This is the time of year when many college students return home to see family and friends, and to face nosy but well-meaning questions about school. A particular problem we’re grappling with now is the growing amount of high-risk alcohol and other drug use that is all too apparent on college campuses. We’re hard at work on it, and are frequently asked to do more, but we cannot make critical progress without family members.  Remember the advice that colleges give to family members, about “letting go” when students head to college? Parents shouldn’t let go entirely. Have the difficult conversations.
Michael A. Fitts, president of Tulane University (LA), writes: This is the time of year when many college students return home to see family and friends, and to face nosy but well-meaning questions about school. A particular problem we’re grappling with now is the growing amount of high-risk alcohol and other drug use that is all too apparent on college campuses. We’re hard at work on it, and are frequently asked to do more, but we cannot make critical progress without family members.  Remember the advice that colleges give to family members, about “letting go” when students head to college? Parents shouldn’t let go entirely. Have the difficult conversations.

December 19, 2017

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The New York Times

The Retreat on Higher Education

The Retreat on Higher Education

December 18, 2017

Paul J. Fitzgerald, President, University of San Francisco writes: We cannot sit idly by as our government leaders place less value on the lifelong benefits of the university experience. Now is the time to make educated arguments for the common good.
Paul J. Fitzgerald, President, University of San Francisco writes: We cannot sit idly by as our government leaders place less value on the lifelong benefits of the university experience. Now is the time to make educated arguments for the common good.

December 18, 2017

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

With an Employee Facing Deportation, Wesleyan’s President Speaks Out

With an Employee Facing Deportation, Wesleyan’s President Speaks Out

December 18, 2017

The Chronicle spoke with President Michael S. Roth of Wesleyan University about his support of Mr. Acosta, and about his use of the presidential bully pulpit.
The Chronicle spoke with President Michael S. Roth of Wesleyan University about his support of Mr. Acosta, and about his use of the presidential bully pulpit.

December 18, 2017

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The Huffington Post

A College President’s Letter to Santa, 2017

A College President’s Letter to Santa, 2017

December 18, 2017

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President, Virginia Wesleyan University writes: Help us instill — or perhaps restore — curiosity and wonder in our students. The millennials enrolling in higher education are the products of desensitizing attitudes and behavior that we have fostered. Through technology and the media, with excessive praise for under-achievement, and amid the faltering institutions and norms that guided earlier generations, today’s college students have arrived at a confusing intersection of sophistication and anxiety.
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President, Virginia Wesleyan University writes: Help us instill — or perhaps restore — curiosity and wonder in our students. The millennials enrolling in higher education are the products of desensitizing attitudes and behavior that we have fostered. Through technology and the media, with excessive praise for under-achievement, and amid the faltering institutions and norms that guided earlier generations, today’s college students have arrived at a confusing intersection of sophistication and anxiety.

December 18, 2017

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