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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Thinking About a Merger? Read This First

Thinking About a Merger? Read This First

June 25, 2018

Thomas Jefferson University (PA) Chancellor Stephen Spinelli, Jr. writes:  Recent polls of college leaders have confirmed what many in higher education have known for some time — a significant number of colleges and universities are likely to close or merge in the next decade. This is not bad news for academe, unless keeping a campus open at all costs is the desired outcome. In this environment of disruption, there is also much opportunity. With merger on the minds of many higher-education leaders, here are some lessons from the experience of the new Thomas Jefferson University.
Thomas Jefferson University (PA) Chancellor Stephen Spinelli, Jr. writes:  Recent polls of college leaders have confirmed what many in higher education have known for some time — a significant number of colleges and universities are likely to close or merge in the next decade. This is not bad news for academe, unless keeping a campus open at all costs is the desired outcome. In this environment of disruption, there is also much opportunity. With merger on the minds of many higher-education leaders, here are some lessons from the experience of the new Thomas Jefferson University.

June 25, 2018

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The Hechinger Report

Is Congress About to Cut Nearly $15 Billion from Student-Aid Programs?

Is Congress About to Cut Nearly $15 Billion from Student-Aid Programs?

June 13, 2018

Ken Trzaska, president of Seward County Community College (KS), writes: Right now, Congress is thinking about rewriting the Higher Education Act (HEA), the massive law that provides financial aid to students and families. It is a rare opportunity to take lessons learned from campuses across the country, and use them to improve educational opportunities for all students.
Ken Trzaska, president of Seward County Community College (KS), writes: Right now, Congress is thinking about rewriting the Higher Education Act (HEA), the massive law that provides financial aid to students and families. It is a rare opportunity to take lessons learned from campuses across the country, and use them to improve educational opportunities for all students.

June 13, 2018

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Diverse Issues

Protecting the Dreams of Immigrant Students

Protecting the Dreams of Immigrant Students

June 07, 2018

Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University (NY), writes: June is Immigration Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate American diversity, to celebrate the stories of those — like my mother and my grandparents — who came to this country and worked hard to succeed here, and to admire the bravery and perseverance of today’s immigrants, striving to achieve the American Dream.  It’s also time to redouble our efforts to support the roughly 700,000 young people, called Dreamers, who were brought to America as children and are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 
Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University (NY), writes: June is Immigration Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate American diversity, to celebrate the stories of those — like my mother and my grandparents — who came to this country and worked hard to succeed here, and to admire the bravery and perseverance of today’s immigrants, striving to achieve the American Dream.  It’s also time to redouble our efforts to support the roughly 700,000 young people, called Dreamers, who were brought to America as children and are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

June 07, 2018

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NorthJersey.com, Hackensack, NJ

Independent Schools, Students, Worthy of Investment

Independent Schools, Students, Worthy of Investment

June 07, 2018

Nancy Blattner, president of Caldwell University (NJ) and chair of the AICUNJ Board, writes: Gov. Phil Murphy recently challenged his Texas counterpart on a variety of reasons why New Jersey is a better place to live than Texas. Particularly, I appreciate Murphy’s highlighting of New Jersey’s “world-class colleges and universities” as evidence for his argument that New Jersey can more than hold its own in comparisons with other states, including Texas. But think how much better we could be with full funding from the state.
Nancy Blattner, president of Caldwell University (NJ) and chair of the AICUNJ Board, writes: Gov. Phil Murphy recently challenged his Texas counterpart on a variety of reasons why New Jersey is a better place to live than Texas. Particularly, I appreciate Murphy’s highlighting of New Jersey’s “world-class colleges and universities” as evidence for his argument that New Jersey can more than hold its own in comparisons with other states, including Texas. But think how much better we could be with full funding from the state.

June 07, 2018

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The Hill

A Major Decision for the Higher Education Act

A Major Decision for the Higher Education Act

June 06, 2018

Thomas J. Botzman, president of Misericordia University (PA), writes:  Congress is preparing to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) this summer. The HEA lets higher education institutions and our students know the rules in order to participate in federal financial aid. The federal government spends about $123 billion annually on student financial aid, including $28 billion in grants and $94 billion in loan subsidies.
Thomas J. Botzman, president of Misericordia University (PA), writes:  Congress is preparing to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) this summer. The HEA lets higher education institutions and our students know the rules in order to participate in federal financial aid. The federal government spends about $123 billion annually on student financial aid, including $28 billion in grants and $94 billion in loan subsidies.

June 06, 2018

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