A group of students from Notre Dame de Namur U in California went to the South Texas Family Residential Center to interpret for Spanish-speaking women and children who had crossed the border from Mexico and were seeking asylum. Guest columnist Xochitl Cervantes, coordinator of the Sister Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement at the institution, led the group.
By not letting our students wander through the academic disciplines, we may be doing them a disservice. We may be depriving them of opportunities to see the world in multiple ways and to value the perspectives of other disciplines and cultures, says guest columnist Ned Ladd, a professor of physics and astronomy at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
For the thousands of colleges and universities that were not ensnared by the Justice Department’s “Operation Varsity Blues” investigation, their collective sigh of relief could be premature, say guest columnists Jack Quinn, former White House counsel and a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Washington Office; Suzanne Folsom, a Manatt partner; and Rob Garretson, a Manatt managing director.
Higher ed institutions are offering more flexible schedules to accommodate the needs of today’s college students, who are often working adults. Options include late-start courses, mini-semesters, and block schedules that allow undergrads to enroll in just one course at a time.
The origins of the ethical dilemma in college admissions have been evident for some time. Now, thanks to a few celebrities and the Entertainment Tonight program, they’ve come to the forefront. For colleges and universities, this is more than just a crisis of confidence; it’s a case for improving risk management, says guest columnist Jean Close, a partner in The Bonadio Group’s Healthcare/Tax Exempt Division.
The name of a familiar retailer glowing from a big-box storefront can provide a source of comfort for students and families arriving on campus for the first time. That’s one reason more colleges are inviting companies such as Target, large grocery chains and others to set up shop.