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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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New England Board of Higher Education

Small Private Colleges Can Survive

Small Private Colleges Can Survive

August 24, 2017

Michele Perkins, President, New England College writes: In this environment, some business and political leaders question the role of the liberal arts in this changing economy. While we recognize and actively promote the need for “real-world” learning, we remain undeterred in our belief that a well-rounded education will best serve students as they progress through multiple projected career paths, often in jobs that don’t yet exist. 
Michele Perkins, President, New England College writes: In this environment, some business and political leaders question the role of the liberal arts in this changing economy. While we recognize and actively promote the need for “real-world” learning, we remain undeterred in our belief that a well-rounded education will best serve students as they progress through multiple projected career paths, often in jobs that don’t yet exist. 

August 24, 2017

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Huffington Post

Degrees that Matter: The Value of Independent Sector Colleges and Universities to Students, Parents, and Communities

Degrees that Matter: The Value of Independent Sector Colleges and U...

August 15, 2017

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of, Niagara University (NY), writes: Ever since the first independent (private, not-for-profit) institution of higher learning was established centuries ago, these colleges and universities have served as a rising tide lifting students educationally, economically and socially. There is no greater engine for social mobility than a college degree.
The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of, Niagara University (NY), writes: Ever since the first independent (private, not-for-profit) institution of higher learning was established centuries ago, these colleges and universities have served as a rising tide lifting students educationally, economically and socially. There is no greater engine for social mobility than a college degree.

August 15, 2017

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