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Hechinger Report

Kaplan Deal Expands Access to Higher Ed and Opponents at Purdue Should Reconsider Their Position

Kaplan Deal Expands Access to Higher Ed and Opponents at Purdue Sho...

May 16, 2017

Donald Farish, president of Roger Williams University (RI), wrote:  Purdue University President and the former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels recently announced plans to acquire seven for-profit schools and colleges from Kaplan University — along with more than 30,000 online students and some 3,000 current Kaplan employees. The new nonprofit university will have its own name but carry the Purdue label.  The blogosphere has been buzzing ever since. At the heart of the dispute is an issue that has bedeviled education for centuries: the struggle for access by those seeking education, and the opposition by those who are educated and who seek to preserve their special status by restricting access to newcomers.
Donald Farish, president of Roger Williams University (RI), wrote:  Purdue University President and the former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels recently announced plans to acquire seven for-profit schools and colleges from Kaplan University — along with more than 30,000 online students and some 3,000 current Kaplan employees. The new nonprofit university will have its own name but carry the Purdue label.  The blogosphere has been buzzing ever since. At the heart of the dispute is an issue that has bedeviled education for centuries: the struggle for access by those seeking education, and the opposition by those who are educated and who seek to preserve their special status by restricting access to newcomers.

May 16, 2017

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PBS NewsHour

How Refusing to Listen to Other Voices Can Harm Us All

How Refusing to Listen to Other Voices Can Harm Us All

May 09, 2017

Trinity College (CT) President Joanne Berger-Sweeney says: These days, you can’t miss the criticism aimed at higher education.  We hear it: We’re a bunch of intolerant elites. Our students are precious snowflakes. As educators, we’re stifling speech and thought, and we’re not preparing students for the real world.  Frankly, I get it. Lately, some campus protests around the country have gone awry in truly ugly ways. Now it’s commencement season. Are controversial speakers going to be uninvited and ceremonies halted by protests? 
Trinity College (CT) President Joanne Berger-Sweeney says: These days, you can’t miss the criticism aimed at higher education.  We hear it: We’re a bunch of intolerant elites. Our students are precious snowflakes. As educators, we’re stifling speech and thought, and we’re not preparing students for the real world.  Frankly, I get it. Lately, some campus protests around the country have gone awry in truly ugly ways. Now it’s commencement season. Are controversial speakers going to be uninvited and ceremonies halted by protests? 

May 09, 2017

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The Post Standard, Syracuse, NY

Le Moyne President: Collaboration Is the Key to Changing Higher Education

Le Moyne President: Collaboration Is the Key to Changing Higher Edu...

May 05, 2017

Linda LeMura, president of  Le Moyne College (NY), writes:  In his letter to the citizens of Central New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted that his "first-in-the-nation free college program will fuel growth and opportunity across Central New York." I commend the governor for his efforts to make higher education more affordable. I must, however, respectfully disagree with his assertion that the Excelsior Scholarship will fuel economic growth. A free education for some may mean a poor education for many. 
Linda LeMura, president of  Le Moyne College (NY), writes:  In his letter to the citizens of Central New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted that his "first-in-the-nation free college program will fuel growth and opportunity across Central New York." I commend the governor for his efforts to make higher education more affordable. I must, however, respectfully disagree with his assertion that the Excelsior Scholarship will fuel economic growth. A free education for some may mean a poor education for many. 

May 05, 2017

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The Hechinger Report

‘Small Bites’ Can’t Substitute for a College Degree

‘Small Bites’ Can’t Substitute for a College Degree

May 03, 2017

Lewis Thayne, president of Lebanon Valley College (PA), writes: Today, online learning and stackable credentials must be part of what we offer, and we have added these into our model by building on our existing strengths. But small bites and stackable credentials, important as they are, cannot substitute for a complete college education.
Lewis Thayne, president of Lebanon Valley College (PA), writes: Today, online learning and stackable credentials must be part of what we offer, and we have added these into our model by building on our existing strengths. But small bites and stackable credentials, important as they are, cannot substitute for a complete college education.

May 03, 2017

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The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, VA

Higher-Ed Must Lead in Supporting Science

Higher-Ed Must Lead in Supporting Science

May 01, 2017

Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University, writes: My hope for the students at my institution, and all those throughout the educational systems of Hampton Roads and our nation, is that we will always find reasons to invest in science, to trust its lessons and to heed its warnings. If efforts to preserve the Chesapeake Bay, for example, have taught us anything, it is that practical benefits outweigh baseless speculation.
Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University, writes: My hope for the students at my institution, and all those throughout the educational systems of Hampton Roads and our nation, is that we will always find reasons to invest in science, to trust its lessons and to heed its warnings. If efforts to preserve the Chesapeake Bay, for example, have taught us anything, it is that practical benefits outweigh baseless speculation.

May 01, 2017

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