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The Loyola Marymount University Board of Trustees has selected a former administrator from another Jesuit institution to lead the Los Angeles campus. Timothy Law Snyder will be the 16th president when he takes over in June. He will replace David W. Burcham, who has served as president since 2010 and is retiring.
Judith S. Eaton writes: Ratings create, in essence, a federal system of quality review of higher education, with the potential to upend the longstanding tradition of nongovernmental accreditation that has carried out this role for more than 100 years. And establishing the system may mean the end of more than 60 years of accreditation as a partner with government, the reliable authority on educational quality to which Congress and the Education Department have turned.
Fairleigh Dickinson University officials confirm that a cyber attack attack shut down the university's computer network Saturday. Both the Teaneck and Florsham Park campuses were affected.
Berea College, a liberal arts college located in Kentucky, has a massive $1 billion endowment. But unlike other private liberal arts colleges with whopping endowments, Berea has accumulated its endowment all while offering four-year degrees to students tuition-free. Now that student loan debt is the second-largest source of consumer debt in America, it might be time to glean some lessons from Berea.
Connecticut College suspended life as usual Monday as students, faculty and administrators came together for a dayong dialogue on racism and hate speech prompted by the discovery Sunday of racist graffiti in a college bathroom. College President Katherine Bergeron, who canceled classes and worked with students and faculty late into Sunday night to arrange the mandatory Monday program, said it's been a "difficult month."
College presidents whose previous positions were in student affairs made up just 4.5 percent of presidents in a 2011 survey conducted by the American Council on Education. More recent data aren’t available, but the past four years have seen a number of private colleges, regional public institutions, and historically black colleges hire presidents with student-affairs backgrounds. According to search consultants, more and more candidate pools include student-affairs leaders among the finalists.
Donald E. Heller writes: The biggest risk for the higher-education industry and society more broadly is not that Kevin Carey’s vision will be realized, but that it will be realized only in part. If policy makers responsible for the funding of higher education institutions and student financial aid buy into Carey’s model, we could see a large disinvestment in higher education, leading to an even more bifurcated system than we have now.
Historically black colleges and universities — known as HBCUs — have been part of American higher education for over 150 years. In the past few decades, though, the financial health of many schools has taken a turn for the worst. HBCUs have struggled with unequal government funding, declining enrollment, and poor leadership.
Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis writes: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is the latest in a string of high-profile policymakers and employers who have questioned whether a college education is vital to success in America. This conversation is certainly worth having, but it’s only going to work if we start to come to grips with the fact that “college” is a very different notion than what many people assume. It’s time to start defining college in a new way that accurately reflects the needs of today’s students and the realities of the 21st century workforce.
Stuart Dorsey, President, Texas Lutheran University writes: PIRS is a poor tool both for providing information or establishing accountability. It's a bad idea in concept and is likely to be a train-wreck in implementation. That consumers do not have sufficient access to information is debatable, given the enormous amount of information about colleges that is easily available from private ratings and rapidly growing social media sites. Further, independent colleges and universities have worked hard with this and the previous administration to deliver more comparative information to families. But there is a big difference between the government providing information, and evaluating that information. PIRS attempts to do the latter.
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