Tuesday, February 20, 2018

College for Creative Studies is Featured


Linkedin posted an interesting article by Jeff Selingo on February 10, 2018, "The pipeline from school to career is broken. An idea from Detroit might be one way to fix it."  Selingo focuses on Detroit's College for Creative Studies and their co-location in the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education with the Henry Ford Academy and Shinola, a firm specializing in watchmaking and leather-goods.

Selingo visited the site to interview students, along with representatives and the college and Shinola.  He concludes, "The experiment in Detroit also offers a potential solution to the “skills gap” that the U.S. and many other countries are facing as employers complain they can’t find workers with the right set of skills. With a company and a college located in the same building, college officials can quickly discover how to build on their strengths and alter programs to produce graduates with skills that better meet the needs of the workforce."
The College for Creative Studies traces its roots to the founding of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts in 1906.  A four-year art program began in 1926 and what was know as the Art School became the College of Art and Design in 1962.  The name was changed to the Center for Creative Studies-College of Art and Design in 1975 and the current name was adopted in 2001.

The college began redevelopment of the760,000 sq. ft. historic Argonaut Building, formerly General Motors’ firstresearch and design studio, in 2008.  Now known as the Taubman Center, it is located in Detroit’s New Center district.  The center is home to the college’s six undergraduate design departments, graduate degree programs in color and materials design, integrated design, interaction design and transportation design.  The Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is an art and design charter school for middle and high school students. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Two Detroit Publications Provide Excellent Reporting on Changes at Marygrove College


Marygrove has experienced a steady decline over the years and previous efforts designed to improve institutional fortunes were not successful.  Kaffer's reporting provides details of how the possibility of closure has been pushed aside and the Kresge Foundation stepped in to help fund significant changes.
Crain's Detroit Business posted, "Struggling Marygrove College to transfer campus to new nonprofit."  Reporter Sherri Welch also offers details of changes with more emphasis on the transfer of Marygrove's campus 53 acre campus to a nonprofit Marygrove Conservancy. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Series on HBCUs in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Atlanta Journal Constitution offers a series of articles and other resources, "HBCUs: A Threatened Heritage...a project studying the health of the country's historically black colleges and universities."  

Update:  Mary Schmidt Campbell, Spelman College president, posted a letter on the college website taking exception to the series, "SpelmanPresident Responds to the Inaccurate Portrayal of HBCUs by The AtlantaJournal-Constitution."  Campbell argues that the series served as a "...concerted and prolonged assault on historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs)."

A sampling of the articles, databases, and podcasts linked from the initial AJC series page follow:

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Relentlessly Relevant: A Decade of Enrollment Growth at Midland University

The Fremont Tribune published an excellent article by Tammy Greunke, "Midland University strives to be relentlessly relevant."  Greunke provides a detailed look at the turn around strategies followed to grow enrollment from 638 students in 2009 to 1,386 students during the current academic year.  
Midland University was founded in 1887 at Atchison, Kansas by the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The institution moved to Fremont, Nebraska in 1919 to property of the former Fremont Normal School and Business College.  It merged in 1962 with Luther Junior College from Wahoo, Nebraska becoming Midland Lutheran College.  The name changed to Midland University in October 2010.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Researchers Examine Changes in Small Private Colleges over the past 45 Years

Inside Higher Ed published an interesting post by Rick Seltzer, "Tracking 'Invisible Colleges'" on January 11, 2018.  The post highlights recently published research by Melissa Tarrant and others examining changes at 491 nonselective colleges that were included in the well-known report, The Invisible Colleges: A Profile of Small, Private Colleges with Limited Resources, authored by Alexander Astin and Calvin Lee for the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education in 1972.  Seltzer notes that Astin and Lee recommended that the institutions "...increase in size.  It also said the smallest institutions might be redundant or might need to close."

Tarrant's research found that "...84 percent of the original invisible colleges still had their doors open as stand-alone or merged institutions."  They have also largely been able to adapt and survive.  The institutions have grown enrollments of the 45 years since the initial study.  They have also tended to increase the quality of students enrolled, to enroll more part-time students, and have almost entirely opted for coeducation.  Seltzer concludes his post by stating that the "...picture is one of small private colleges forced to evolve and change..."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Southern Vermont College Receives Donation of Bennington Center for the Arts

 to the college.  SVC president David Evans noted that the donation is the largest in the institution's history.  Evans noted that the gift, "...provides the facilities, and creates the impetus, for us to expand our offerings in various arts areas and in nonprofit management..."
Southern Vermont College was founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1926 as St Joseph Business School.  It became St. Joseph Junior College in 1962 and the name was changed to St. Joseph College in 1973.  The institution became independent in 1974 and the name was changed to Southern Vermont College.  Enrollment is approximately 400 students.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Three Milwaukee Women are Featured for Higher Education Leadership

The Shepherd Express, Milwaukee's alternative news source, published an article with profiles of women who are leading the city's higher education institutions, "Milwaukee's Three Women Presidents."   Cindy Gnadinger of Carroll University, Andrea Lee of Alverno College, and Christine Pharr of Mount Mary University are the presidents featured by reporter Selena Milewski. 
Milewski begins by noting that that more institutions are turning to women for leadership and that women now serve as presidents for one-third of the nation's colleges and universities.  Each of the presidents provide insights into what drew them to their institutions and the things they are focusing on to insure future success.