Among my priorities as a university president is to ensure a campus experience that results in awareness and understanding of new ideas and diverse perspectives. I am concerned with declining public confidence in the value of higher education, in part growing from the notion that we restrain the free exchange of ideas.
A sobering new report by the Modern Language Association indicated U.S. colleges and universities slashed a staggering 651 foreign-language programs during a recent three-year period, a statistic that reflects the impact of the Great Recession and a drop in the number of students enrolling in foreign language courses.
Community colleges’ origins were from grassroots efforts to provide students in their towns with affordable, accessible higher education. Contrary to what people suggest, we are not afraid of change. As educators, “change” is what we do. We create change for our students and our local economies.
New presidents for Georgia Gwinnett College, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Azusa Pacific University, University of Dallas, University of Idaho, Pittsburgh Technical College and Brenau University. …Leaders from Nazareth College, Central New Mexico Community College announce retirements.
Like most Americans, we are appalled at the news of the college admissions scandal, in which wealthy parents bribed a path for their children into elite institutions. But as local leaders in higher education, we are also indignant, thinking of all the students who were not treated fairly in their pursuit of a degree.
Institutions are faced with balancing complex exposures with the day-to-day business of educating students. The frequency and severity of risk is in constant flux. Our Liability Benchmark Report compares the data of 371 institutions to help answer the question, “Do we have enough coverage?”
President Trump says he is concerned about free speech on American college and university campuses. He signed an executive order that would tie federal research funding to the institutions’ support for freedom of expression. I agree there is a problem, and I have a few incidents to suggest the president look into.
Not so long ago a college education was widely considered to be open only to a rare few with substantial financial or intellectual resources. But as our society and our economy evolved and changed, so did opportunities to pursue the education to develop the ideals of hope, courage, resilience and adaptability.
New presidents for USC, Mississippi Delta CC, Endicott College, Gettysburg College, University of Connecticut, American University of Central Asia, Seton Hall University. …Leaders from Gaston College, Oregon State University, University of Nebraska and Northeast CC announce plans to step down.