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The Gazette Mail, Charleston, WV

You Can Make Free Tuition Work, But Not Like This

You Can Make Free Tuition Work, But Not Like This

February 08, 2018

Ed Welch, president of the University of Charleston (WV), writes:  Free college tuition! There are many reactions to the prospect of providing free college tuition to those attending community and technical colleges in West Virginia.  For as long as I’ve been in West Virginia, I have supported the need for vibrant community and technical colleges. We need career-track higher education opportunities for West Virginians as a complement to the liberal arts and graduate education offered by four-year institutions.  However, the current proposal is to provide free tuition to all community and technical school students who pass a drug test. This is shortsighted in several ways.
Ed Welch, president of the University of Charleston (WV), writes:  Free college tuition! There are many reactions to the prospect of providing free college tuition to those attending community and technical colleges in West Virginia.  For as long as I’ve been in West Virginia, I have supported the need for vibrant community and technical colleges. We need career-track higher education opportunities for West Virginians as a complement to the liberal arts and graduate education offered by four-year institutions.  However, the current proposal is to provide free tuition to all community and technical school students who pass a drug test. This is shortsighted in several ways.

February 08, 2018

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

President Simon’s Resignation: Too Little, Too Late

President Simon’s Resignation: Too Little, Too Late

January 26, 2018

Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University writes: But colleges and their leaders are, indeed, responsible and accountable for what happens to students on our campuses. Presidents must step up immediately to take ownership of a crisis, not hide behind lawyers and boards and statements crafted by image consultants. Presidents must put care and concern for the student victims first, passionately so, and must express that in genuine and immediate outreach. Mitigating legal damages should not be the first instinct, but rather finding ways to heal the physical and emotional wounds of those who suffered so much at the hands of college personnel.
Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University writes: But colleges and their leaders are, indeed, responsible and accountable for what happens to students on our campuses. Presidents must step up immediately to take ownership of a crisis, not hide behind lawyers and boards and statements crafted by image consultants. Presidents must put care and concern for the student victims first, passionately so, and must express that in genuine and immediate outreach. Mitigating legal damages should not be the first instinct, but rather finding ways to heal the physical and emotional wounds of those who suffered so much at the hands of college personnel.

January 26, 2018

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The Hill

Increasing Access for Low-Income Students at Our Nation’s Top Schools - Presidential Opinion

Increasing Access for Low-Income Students at Our Nation’s Top Schoo...

January 23, 2018

Peter Salovey, President, Yale University & Gregory L. Fenves, President, University of Texas at Austin write: Over the fall, millions of high-school students across the United States participated in the annual process of submitting college applications to attend the nation’s best schools. But sadly, only a small percentage of these applications will be from students who come from lower- and middle-income families. And that’s a problem. 
Peter Salovey, President, Yale University & Gregory L. Fenves, President, University of Texas at Austin write: Over the fall, millions of high-school students across the United States participated in the annual process of submitting college applications to attend the nation’s best schools. But sadly, only a small percentage of these applications will be from students who come from lower- and middle-income families. And that’s a problem. 

January 23, 2018

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The Virginia Pilot, Norfolk, VA

A Critical Year for Higher Education

A Critical Year for Higher Education

January 22, 2018

Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University, writes:  AS COLLEGES and universities look ahead to their spring terms, or welcome students back for January winter sessions, the new year of 2018 promises to be a critical one for higher education. From the impact of new federal tax legislation to the debate about immigration, these and other national and global issues have relevance to institutions large and small, wealthy or not. Most of my presidential colleagues are wary of the new year. Here’s why.
Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University, writes:  AS COLLEGES and universities look ahead to their spring terms, or welcome students back for January winter sessions, the new year of 2018 promises to be a critical one for higher education. From the impact of new federal tax legislation to the debate about immigration, these and other national and global issues have relevance to institutions large and small, wealthy or not. Most of my presidential colleagues are wary of the new year. Here’s why.

January 22, 2018

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The Wall Street Journal

The College Endowment Tax Is a Bad Proposal – Letter

The College Endowment Tax Is a Bad Proposal – Letter

January 19, 2018

Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College (MA), writes:  Sen. Mitch McConnell’s attempt to exempt Berea College, which resides in his home state, from the endowment excise tax provides proof positive that this tax has nothing to do with sound economic policy. Rather, it is the punishment of colleges and universities perceived as the liberal elites. (Regarding Tax on College Endowments Sparks a Spat, Jan. 3, 2018)
Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College (MA), writes:  Sen. Mitch McConnell’s attempt to exempt Berea College, which resides in his home state, from the endowment excise tax provides proof positive that this tax has nothing to do with sound economic policy. Rather, it is the punishment of colleges and universities perceived as the liberal elites. (Regarding Tax on College Endowments Sparks a Spat, Jan. 3, 2018)

January 19, 2018

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