Grace Abounds

Making a multifaith campus chapel work

A YEAR AGO THIS SPRING, AS we dedicated the new Julia Thompson Smith Chapel on our campus, one of the highlights was the multifaith blessing. It was an exciting occasion, the completion of the first freestanding chapel in the 120-year history of Agnes Scott College (Ga.). I reflected on months of watching from my office window as it went from nothing more than a hole in the ground to the beautiful building it is today.

Star Trek: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in Science


What does analyzing crime scene DNA, racing in a cardboard boat regatta, and practicing healthcare in Tanzania have in common? First off, these scientific learning moments are more fun and engaging than gazing endlessly at traditional textbooks, test tubes, and microscopes.

A New Student Aid Era

Increasing college access and success a priority for new administration

IT DIDN’T TAKE PRESIDENT Obama long to follow through on his campaign promise to make higher education more affordable for students and families. Within his first 50 days in office his administration worked closely with Congress to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $500 as part of the $787 billion economic stimulus package.

Assistive Technology U: Breaking Down Barriers for the Disabled

What’s hot for today’s engineering students? What’s really hot is the emerging field of assistive technologies. Combining professional career fields like robotics, electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science, and occupational health, a new breed of polytechnic programs are serving up state-of-the-art, adaptive technology courses for civically engaged engineering students who want to make the world a better place for the disabled.

Access Matters

Ensuring that preserving access to higher education becomes part of a national dialogue

IN MAY 1994, ENRIQUETA CORTEZ became the first Hispanic woman in Texas to earn a PhD in physical chemistry. Just a decade earlier, no one could have foreseen her achievement. As a high school student in the Rio Grande Valley, Enriqueta followed the cotton crop more than the school football team.

Covering the Shadow Uninsured

What institutions can do to help ensure the health of their student bodies

ALL YEAR LONG, BUT THROUGHOUT the colder months in particular, health care needs inevitably arise. But for college students, particularly those in traditionally underserved minority groups, access to health care may be as slippery as the roads they come to school on.

Removing Educational Roadblocks for Disabled Veterans

For a growing number of veterans, educational benefits require more than just college tuition assistance.

For decades, the G.I. Bill has been a primary motivator for young men and women to enlist in the U.S. military, and Veterans Administration statistics show an increasing number of veterans are taking advantage of educational benefits. For many young people not necessarily able to afford college immediately out of high school, the promise of a free education is an opportunity too good to pass up. Yet, there is a large disparity between the educational benefits provided to veterans through the G.I. Bill and the full cost of attaining a four-year degree.

The Changing Chaplaincy

The role of religious leaders on campus as the spiritual needs of students evolve.

Yale University’s Sharon Kugler just hired a coordinator for Muslim life. Another of her program coordinators recently searched out a kosher-Chinese food restaurant in surrounding New Haven.

Across Generational Lines

Making an intergenerational living complex work

Those of us at residential liberal arts institutions are used to attracting the traditional, “18-year-old fresh out of high school” student.

Coming to Terms

How mediation can resolve campus disputes without litigation

DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING campus disputes sound familiar to you?

--An academic department chair is struggling with warring factions among the faculty who do not get along and are engaged in petty in fighting.