Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Value of HBCUs is Apparent when talking with Alumni of Closed Institutions

The New York Times published an interesting article in late June, "‘Your Heritage Is Taken Away’: The Closing of 3 Historically Black Colleges," by Wadzanai Mhute. 

While Mhute initially references the struggles facing Bennett College in North Carolina and Pennsylvania's Cheyney University, the article focuses on the sense of support and feeling of community voiced by alumni of three HBCUs that closed, Concordia College in Selma, AL [1922-2018], Morristown College in Morristown, TN [1881-1994], and Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, VA [1888-2013].

You can read more about each of the three closed institutions by reviewing post on the College History Garden blog:

Concordia College
Morristown College
Saint Paul's College

Monday, July 8, 2019

Guilford Edge: Curricular Change at Guilford College

Inside Higher Ed posted an interesting article by Colleen Flaherty on July 2, 2019, "Guilford's Gamble: Guilford College is changing the way it does most everything in an effort to stem its enrollment decline. But officials say it is also leaning in to its mission."

Flaherty describes a new curriculum known as the Guilford Edge that will include Initiate, an intensive three-week experience for first-year students and Collaborative Quest, where "...students, with the help of nonfaculty advisers, or "guides," design a sequence of courses to help them explore their interests."

You can also read more about the changes in "Guilford to Launch Game-Changing Educational Experience."

Monday, June 10, 2019

Berry College Invites Retirees to Campus



Matt Kempner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on a new senior retirement complex, "Georgia college invites elderly to retire on campus." Kempner interviewed campus administrators and students at Berry College for the article and notes that the "...college also provided seed funding for the complex, which will offer independent and assisted living housing, as well as a nursing care facility."

Berry College traces its roots to the founding by Martha Berry in 1902 when she founded a school for boys in rural Georgia. A program for girls was added in 1909. A junior college program was offered in 1926 and a baccalaureate program after 1930.

Berry College is also known for student work experiences and student operated enterprises.  The senior retirement facility will offer opportunities for student employment.  The college enrolls 2,110 students.

Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Meade of Cedar Crest College

Interesting interview with Dr. Elizabeth Meade 14th president of Cedar Crest College in Lehigh Valley Business on June 5, 2019 with reporting by Dawn Ouellette Nixon, "Elizabeth Meade, president of Cedar Crest College Leading a generation of women into the future."

President Meade describes Cedar Crest's diversified programs as a strength that provides more stability in revenue.  She also comments that the institution is currently benefiting from the trend toward stronger enrollment at women's colleges. 

Nixon concludes that "...At a time when the value of higher education is being questioned, she is leading Cedar Crest and a generation of women into the future."

Cedar Crest College is located in Allentown, PA and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017.   It was founded in 1867 as Allentown Female College. The name changed to Allentown College for Women in 1893 and to Cedar Crest College in 1912. The institution is affiliated with United Church of Christ and current enrollment is 1,664 students.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Dianne Lynch Keeps her Focus on Students at Stephens College

Vox Magazine published an interesting article where Dianne Lynch, president of Stephens College is featured, "As Stephens College president, Dianne Lynch makes her students her 'life's work'."  Lynch has successfully served Stephens for a decade and the institution continues its historic focus on providing opportunities for women.

Reporter Jacob Moscovitch notes that Lynch maintains an open door policy for students and staff.  She also makes it a point to get to know and learn the names of every student. 

Moscovitch also mentions a program that Lynch began soon after she arrived on the campus to fund memorable student experiences, or “Magic Moments” that can happen during an internship, while meeting a professional in the student’s chosen field, or while simply being exposed to a new environment.  
Magic Moments "...funds learning experiences that happen outside of the classroom. Often, it allows students to take opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. One student, who Lynch says had never been out of Missouri, was presented an opportunity in New York City and was able to pursue it because of the program. That student has since moved to the Big Apple."  You can read more in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Beyond Stephens,the Stephens College alumnae magazine, "Magic Moments Opening Doors for Students." 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Goddard College Prepares for the Future

EdSurge posted "How Goddard's New President Plans to Save His Struggling Experimental College" by Jeffrey Young on May 14, 2019. 

 Young interviews president Bernard Bull about his ideas for the college and why there should be more small-scale colleges using a variety of educational approaches. The article includes a link to the EdSurge on Air podcast and a partial transcript.

You can also visit the Goddard College website to learn more.  Goddard is located in Plainfield, VT and enrolls 496 students.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Small Maryland Colleges Respond to Changing Higher Education Marketplace

The Baltimore Sun published "Maryland's small colleges saw the future, and it was bleak. Now, they're selling liberal arts with a twist" on May 10, 2019 with reporting by Liz Bowie.  Bowie focuses attention on changes at a couple of small private Maryland institutions as they maintain relevance in a changing higher education market. 

Responses differ from recent curricular changes at Goucher College in Baltimore to reduced tuition at St. John's College in Annapolis.

Bowie interviewed Lynn Pasquerella from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Goucher president Jose Bower, Carol Carpenter, St. John's vice president for communications, and several faculty members and students. 

An interesting short video interview with professor Robin Cresiski, director of Goucher's Center for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching and Phong Le, professor of mathematics and computer science, is embedded in the article.