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Christopher Schaberg, associate professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, writes: When I think back on my own liberal arts education, I realize that many small things contributed to my overall experience. Those things weren’t necessarily planned in advance nor did they show up on my transcript. But they were absolutely meaningful for me.
Dr. Christopher B. Howard took office today as the eighth president of Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa., and he promised to his use voice on behalf of RMU students and alumni and to be an advocate for the issues that matter most to the campus community.
Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). The announcement was made Tuesday at the association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC and ratified Wednesday.
Ed Schrader, president of Brenau University, was named Wednesday to the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Schrader was elected to a three-year term on the NAICU board of directors during the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Schrader has been the president of Brenau University since 2005.
Washington Post Innovations Editor Matt McFarland writes: College has a lot in common with your cable TV package, according to Michael Horn, a principal consultant at innovation agency Entangled Solutions. As schools plow money into new dorms, administrative costs and sports stadiums, some students find themselves paying for “channels” they have no use for. Horn is co-chairing a new group to make “cutting the cord” a viable option for students who find college painfully expensive and poorly suited to their needs.
Heritage University’s president is the newest recipient of the Henry Paley Memorial Award, given to leaders in higher education.
John E. Bassett, Ph.D. of Toppenish was honored as the 30th honoree during the 2016 annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in the nation’s capital this week.
Saying they lack legal standing to contest the change, a Commonwealth Court panel Thursday dismissed a bid by four alumnae of Wilson College to reverse the decision that made the private school co-ed. The state court ruling comes 2 1/2 years after the first male residential students started living and learning at the Franklin County school which had been a women-only institution for 144 years.
Recently, a great deal of debate has centered on whether the nation’s first black president has failed its historically black colleges and universities. The debate isn’t new; for years there’s been whispered angst over the president’s paternalism and seeming aloofness when it came to black institutions—and perhaps black issues in general.
The Education Department wields tremendous power over accreditors: Schools can receive federal student aid funds only if they’re accredited by organizations approved by the Education Department. The department can revoke its approval if accreditors aren’t up to snuff. But with less than a year left in office, it’s unlikely the Obama administration will achieve anything meaningful in reforming the accreditation system.
Catharine Hill, President, Vassar College writes: Reducing tuition at the well-endowed schools would primarily benefit students from the top 20 percent of the income distribution, students and their families who can already pay much or all of the tuition. To help lower- and middle-income students and their families, it makes more sense to focus on expanding need-based financial aid, rather than lowering tuition levels.
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