July 8, 2019
Two years ago in this space, I used a marriage metaphor to describe the interactions between campuses and their communities. I emphasized the development of harmonious town-gown relationships characterized by high levels of both effort and comfort. I urged community leaders to become more active suitors in order to jump-start partnerships that would generate a strong return on investment for all parties.
July 8, 2019
A chaotic budget fight in Alaska sparked by a new governor’s efforts to increase the annual oil royalty payments sent to residents may result in steep cuts—including layoffs and unpaid leave—at the state university system. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy last week vetoed about $444 million worth of line items in an $8.3 billion state budget that went into effect Monday.
June 7, 2019
Don’t expect to see a draft anytime soon of the Higher Education Act rewrite that Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have been negotiating for the last three months. The chairman and ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, still have their teams huddling, according to committee staff, but while progress is being made and optimism abounds, a number of outstanding issues remain to get through.
March 25, 2019
Americans remain obsessed with highly selective colleges and their manicured campuses and 10-figure endowments. But an accumulating body of evidence, including both a five-alarm admissions scandal and cutting-edge data on social mobility, have convinced many of what they long suspected: that the deck is stacked against lower-income students in higher education.
March 21, 2019
Public universities have a public purpose, including serving students of all backgrounds. That starts with an admissions process rooted in fairness. This commitment to fairness is central to the identity of public universities and their mission to improve the lives of their students and society at large. Preferential admissions decisions for relatives of alumni -- known as legacy admissions -- are not consistent with this commitment to fairness.
March 7, 2019
As my time serving as the University of Vermont's 26th president begins drawing to a close, I am reflecting on the priorities that have guided this remarkable university and informed our strategic decisions across campus. In October 2012, at my installation, I challenged the UVM community to raise our expectations and aspirations so that, together, we would create an academic environment of the highest quality — for our students, for our faculty and staff, for the future of Vermont, and beyond.
February 25, 2019
Colleges have been focused for more than a decade on accelerating the completion movement to increase graduation rates and improve student outcomes. Community colleges especially have worked on improving career opportunities for their students, reforming remedial education, encouraging students to attend full-time and offering tuition-free programs.
February 25, 2019
A root cause of college dropouts is the high failure rate in foundational courses, prompting a new initiative, announced Wednesday, aimed at creating a national network for education groups to collaborate on adaptive learning solutions.
January 8, 2019
Knowledge Is Power Program charter schools have built a national reputation for sending disadvantaged students to college, but that success didn't always translate into students actually graduating from college. Money shortages and gaps in financial aid, even relatively small ones, often got in the way and forced students to either temporarily take time off from college or to drop out entirely.
January 4, 2019
The University of Texas at San Antonio has joined 129 other public universities in a new five-year effort to improve college access for low-income, first generation, and minority students. The initiative of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) brings together 130 higher-education institutions, divided into 16 study groups to look into how to improve student success. Together, the schools enroll more than 3 million undergraduate students.