Monday, September 16, 2019

Wesley College Featured in Delaware Business Times

President Bob Clark of Wesley College was interviewed for an intesting article in the Delaware Business Times published September 14, 2019, "Wesley College president: Future success depends on finding efficiencies, building partnerships."

Wesley College located in Dover, Delaware and was founded as Wilmington Conference Academy in 1873. 

The name changed to Wesley Collegiate Institute in 1918 and later, to Wesley Junior College. The first baccalaureate degrees were offered after 1978.

Wesley College currently enrolls 1,350 students.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Curriculum of Connection...Tools for Talking Across Differences

Dr. Paula Johnson, president of Wellesley, authored an interesting and important article for the Boston Globe on September 6, 2019, "Speaking with the enemy 101."  

Johnson writes about the need for a Curriculum of Connection and describes higher education's role in providing students "...with the tools they need to talk across difference — politics, race, economic class, and the myriad other fault lines of 21st century life. To prepare them to “talk to people back home” — as well as far beyond."

Evolving Legacy of a Women's College: Interview with Dr. Pat McGuire

Dr. Pat McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University provides a fascinating & powerful interview for Kavitha Cardoza on WAMU radio, "The Evolving Legacy Of A Women’s College: Trinity’s Pat McGuire." 

The interview describes a change in mission for Trinity that began after McGuire assumed the presidency in 1989 and the institution's success in continuing to meet the needs of students they serve.

You can also read more of Dr. McGuire's thoughts in a powerful commentary written for The Chronicle of Higher Education Importance of Institutional Diversity: Call for a New Balance of Mission and Metrics.

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 " 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.