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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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The Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA

College Presidents Endorse Carbon Pricing to Fight Climate Change

College Presidents Endorse Carbon Pricing to Fight Climate Change

August 10, 2017

Valerie Smith, president of Swarthmore College (PA), writes: In light of President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, leaders in civil society can no longer remain on the sidelines. College and university presidents are uniquely positioned to educate and to advocate for an informed discussion about our collective options. For this reason, we must act.
Valerie Smith, president of Swarthmore College (PA), writes: In light of President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, leaders in civil society can no longer remain on the sidelines. College and university presidents are uniquely positioned to educate and to advocate for an informed discussion about our collective options. For this reason, we must act.

August 10, 2017

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The Virginian Pilot, Norfolk, VA

Higher Education Treading Carefully with Trump Administration

Higher Education Treading Carefully with Trump Administration

July 31, 2017

Virginia Wesleyan University President Scott D. Miller writes:  Along with much, if not most, of America, higher education seeks to gain a clearer picture of trends with the Trump administration. As the six-month mark of his presidency passes, colleges and universities await understanding of what impact the administration will have on a number of fronts affecting our campuses — from proposed cuts to student aid to possible rollback of some current regulations.
Virginia Wesleyan University President Scott D. Miller writes:  Along with much, if not most, of America, higher education seeks to gain a clearer picture of trends with the Trump administration. As the six-month mark of his presidency passes, colleges and universities await understanding of what impact the administration will have on a number of fronts affecting our campuses — from proposed cuts to student aid to possible rollback of some current regulations.

July 31, 2017

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