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Huffington Post

Finding the Perfect College(s)

Finding the Perfect College(s)

September 22, 2017

Kimberly Cassidy, president of Bryn Mawr College (PA), writes: This fall many high school seniors are focused on choosing and applying to colleges. As a mom of one of those high school seniors and the president of a highly selective liberal arts college, my child gets the benefit of a lot of insight into the schools he is considering and into the application process itself.  Don’t focus on finding the one perfect school, but develop a set of similar options. If you create this strong set, your final choice will very likely become the perfect choice. 
Kimberly Cassidy, president of Bryn Mawr College (PA), writes: This fall many high school seniors are focused on choosing and applying to colleges. As a mom of one of those high school seniors and the president of a highly selective liberal arts college, my child gets the benefit of a lot of insight into the schools he is considering and into the application process itself.  Don’t focus on finding the one perfect school, but develop a set of similar options. If you create this strong set, your final choice will very likely become the perfect choice. 

September 22, 2017

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Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT

Give Private College Students Connecticut Transit Pass

Give Private College Students Connecticut Transit Pass

September 19, 2017

John J. Petillo, president of Sacred Heart University (CT), writes:  An easy, inexpensive alternative for getting anywhere in our state was recently announced by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Colleges and University System. Called the U-Pass CT program, it offers access to the Connecticut transit system statewide through a $20 per semester public bus and train pass for students who attend those institutions. It is a smart, creative initiative that would be worth applauding, except for one glaring oversight: It is not available to students attending Connecticut's private colleges and universities.
John J. Petillo, president of Sacred Heart University (CT), writes:  An easy, inexpensive alternative for getting anywhere in our state was recently announced by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Colleges and University System. Called the U-Pass CT program, it offers access to the Connecticut transit system statewide through a $20 per semester public bus and train pass for students who attend those institutions. It is a smart, creative initiative that would be worth applauding, except for one glaring oversight: It is not available to students attending Connecticut's private colleges and universities.

September 19, 2017

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Washington Post

Colleges Must Not Turn Back the Clock on Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault

Colleges Must Not Turn Back the Clock on Efforts to Combat Sexual A...

September 18, 2017

Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University (CT), writes:  Higher education must not be allowed to return to a time when schools could turn a blind eye to sexual assault without fear of consequences. As survivors came to realize that they “are not alone,” they forced colleges to take sexual assault seriously as a civil rights issue. Part of this was just shining a bright light on the problem — for example, requiring the publication of assault statistics. 
Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University (CT), writes:  Higher education must not be allowed to return to a time when schools could turn a blind eye to sexual assault without fear of consequences. As survivors came to realize that they “are not alone,” they forced colleges to take sexual assault seriously as a civil rights issue. Part of this was just shining a bright light on the problem — for example, requiring the publication of assault statistics. 

September 18, 2017

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Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Rankings Don’t Show Wilkes’ True Value

Rankings Don’t Show Wilkes’ True Value

September 18, 2017

Dr. Patrick F. Leahy, president of Wilkes University (PA), writes:  The U.S. News & World Report ranking considers many factors in its calculations: acceptance rates, academic quality profile, retention and graduation rates, financial resources, and peer perception. However, U.S. News does not adequately take into consideration the profile of the students that each institution chooses to serve, which greatly limits the ranking’s value. Institutions that serve access missions, such as Wilkes, tend to be adversely affected by the ranking measures. 
Dr. Patrick F. Leahy, president of Wilkes University (PA), writes:  The U.S. News & World Report ranking considers many factors in its calculations: acceptance rates, academic quality profile, retention and graduation rates, financial resources, and peer perception. However, U.S. News does not adequately take into consideration the profile of the students that each institution chooses to serve, which greatly limits the ranking’s value. Institutions that serve access missions, such as Wilkes, tend to be adversely affected by the ranking measures. 

September 18, 2017

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TIME

Why We Need the Liberal Arts Now More Than Ever

Why We Need the Liberal Arts Now More Than Ever

August 31, 2017

As I prepared to welcome Bowdoin College’s students back to campus this week, I couldn’t help pondering where we are today in the worlds of politics, of government and of the media — imperfect but essential institutions for a healthy democracy. We have evolved to a most distressing place — to a place in our society and world where intellectual engagement is too often mocked.
As I prepared to welcome Bowdoin College’s students back to campus this week, I couldn’t help pondering where we are today in the worlds of politics, of government and of the media — imperfect but essential institutions for a healthy democracy. We have evolved to a most distressing place — to a place in our society and world where intellectual engagement is too often mocked.

August 31, 2017

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