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Why Higher Ed Must Counteract Trump’s Move to Exit the Climate Pact

Why Higher Ed Must Counteract Trump’s Move to Exit the Climate Pact

June 28, 2017

Darron Collins, president of the College of the Atlantic (ME), writes:  President Trump may have decided to remove the U.S. from the 194-nation Paris Climate Agreement, but on our campus – and on many others across the nation – we’ll be working harder than ever to advance energy sustainability. It’s true that college campuses themselves have a relatively modest carbon footprint compared to businesses or cities.  However, we have both a special responsibility, because of our nonprofit stature, philanthropic support and influence on the next generation’s education, and a definite advantage, because of our mission and structure, to be powerful laboratories of public good where energy sustainability is concerned — through both teaching and research.
Darron Collins, president of the College of the Atlantic (ME), writes:  President Trump may have decided to remove the U.S. from the 194-nation Paris Climate Agreement, but on our campus – and on many others across the nation – we’ll be working harder than ever to advance energy sustainability. It’s true that college campuses themselves have a relatively modest carbon footprint compared to businesses or cities.  However, we have both a special responsibility, because of our nonprofit stature, philanthropic support and influence on the next generation’s education, and a definite advantage, because of our mission and structure, to be powerful laboratories of public good where energy sustainability is concerned — through both teaching and research.

June 28, 2017

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Syracuse.com

Read the Fine Print on NY's 'Free' College Tuition (Your Letters)

Read the Fine Print on NY's 'Free' College Tuition (Your Letters)

June 26, 2017

Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., president of Cazenovia College (NY), writes: As a SUNY graduate, I applaud an effort to increase access to higher education for families of modest means. That is why at my college the average cost of attendance is only slightly higher than at a SUNY school thanks to generous institutional (read "non-taxpayer") aid. Students and families should choose the college best fitted to their needs and interests, and should not be held to vague and poorly defined standards on their enrollment, graduation and choice of place to live and work following graduation.
Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., president of Cazenovia College (NY), writes: As a SUNY graduate, I applaud an effort to increase access to higher education for families of modest means. That is why at my college the average cost of attendance is only slightly higher than at a SUNY school thanks to generous institutional (read "non-taxpayer") aid. Students and families should choose the college best fitted to their needs and interests, and should not be held to vague and poorly defined standards on their enrollment, graduation and choice of place to live and work following graduation.

June 26, 2017

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Detroit Free Press

Advice From a College President Who Almost Dropped Out: Persist!

Advice From a College President Who Almost Dropped Out: Persist!

June 12, 2017

Bart Daig, president of Baker College (MI), is interviewed by the Detroit Free Press about leadership.
Bart Daig, president of Baker College (MI), is interviewed by the Detroit Free Press about leadership.

June 12, 2017

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Real Clear Education

Why Gov. Cuomo's Free Tuition Plan Hurts Private Colleges

Why Gov. Cuomo's Free Tuition Plan Hurts Private Colleges

May 17, 2017

Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., president of Saint Leo University (FL), writes:  On Wednesday, April 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to move forward this fall with the Excelsior Scholarship, which will provide tuition-free access for many in-state students to attend the State University of New York institutions.
Proponents of the New York plan are already hoisting it as a model for other states. The reality is it is anything but the model we should pursue and is very likely to unravel the fabric of the greatest higher education system in the world.
Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., president of Saint Leo University (FL), writes:  On Wednesday, April 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to move forward this fall with the Excelsior Scholarship, which will provide tuition-free access for many in-state students to attend the State University of New York institutions.
Proponents of the New York plan are already hoisting it as a model for other states. The reality is it is anything but the model we should pursue and is very likely to unravel the fabric of the greatest higher education system in the world.

May 17, 2017

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The Washington Post

An Easy Way to Change College Admissions So the Top Schools Don’t Have So Many Wealthy Students

An Easy Way to Change College Admissions So the Top Schools Don’t H...

May 17, 2017

Catharine Bond Hill, president emerita of Vassar College (NY) and managing director of Ithaka S+R, writes:  
The frenzied atmosphere that pervades as high school seniors and their families make college decisions showed no signs of improvement this year. While young people are faced with difficult choices and trade-offs, some have already been made for them: The admissions playing field is far from level, and our nation’s colleges and universities can do better. We need to change the trade-offs that these colleges and universities face as they decide between talented high-income and talented low- and middle-income applicants.
Catharine Bond Hill, president emerita of Vassar College (NY) and managing director of Ithaka S+R, writes:  
The frenzied atmosphere that pervades as high school seniors and their families make college decisions showed no signs of improvement this year. While young people are faced with difficult choices and trade-offs, some have already been made for them: The admissions playing field is far from level, and our nation’s colleges and universities can do better. We need to change the trade-offs that these colleges and universities face as they decide between talented high-income and talented low- and middle-income applicants.

May 17, 2017

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