Monday, October 24, 2016

All In A Day: Fascinating View of 24-Hours at Kenyon College

Kenyon College pulled together 79 impressive photographs from one 24-hour period in "All In A Day" to provide a fascinating view of life on campus.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fascinating Look into the Founding of Vermont College of Fine Arts

Nat Frothingham's article, "Creating a College: The Story of the Vermont College of Fine Arts," in The Bridge is a fascinating look at the founding of an institution of higher education.  The campus had been serving as the Montplier campus of Norwich University.  Frothingham begins with Norwich's decision to close the campus and describes the steps that ultimately led to incorporation of the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2006.  Enrollment has been growing and is currently over 400 students.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Public Radio Station Successfully Serves College, Community, and National Audiences

Goddard College's radio station, WGDR / WGDH, is featured in an article, "Mining the Gold in 'both/and' Vein," by Greta Anderson for Pacifica Network.  Anderson notes that the station is one of the oldest Pacifica affiliates.  It was founded in 1960 and continues to serve a number of important roles for both Goddard College and for Plainfield, VT.  
Anderson interviewed a number of staff and volunteers and explores the creative use of a large grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to successfully fund small grants for local programmers to use in developing programs that could be syndicated nationally.  

Friday, September 16, 2016

President Maryanne Stevens and the College of St. Mary are Featured

Michael Kelly's column for the Omaha World-Herald, "In 20 years since Maryanne Stevens took over College of St. Mary, her vision became a reality," highlights both the institution's president and a number of successful initiatives.  I thought the focus on single mothers was particularly interesting with CSM building a residence hall with suites for 48 mothers and their children.  Kelly notes that CSM enrolls 1,046 students.

PBS Series Features Paul Quinn College this Week

President Michael Sorrell and students of Paul Quinn College were interviewed by Hari Sreenivasan as part of the Rethinking College series for the PBS Newshour.  Sreenivasan explores how students prepare for a career while gaining a liberal arts education at the nation's first urban work college.  "The Texas college where students grown into workers," segment initially aired on September 12, 2016. 

You can also follow earlier Small College Garden posts linking to other articles and interviews that focus on Paul Quinn College.

Oct 31, 2015 ... Read more about changes at Paul Quinn College on the American RadioWorks website in an excellent post by Samara Freemark, "The ...
Aug 30, 2016 ... Paul Quinn College in Dallas, TX and president Michael Sorrell are featured in the September/October issue of Washington Monthly. In "Labor ...
Sep 18, 2015 ... ESPN's Wayne Drehs has an interesting post and a video with Antonietta Collins interviewing President Michael Sorrell of Paul Quinn College.
Feb 18, 2015 ... Paul Quinn College is pledging to become a Work College according to reporting by Bobby Blanchard for The Texas Tribune on February 17, ...

Monday, September 5, 2016

Lake Superior State University is Featured for Positive Impact of Multiple Changes in Processes and Procedures

Recent changes at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are featured in a very positive article, "LSSU lauches 'transformation,'" written by Brian Kelly for the Sault Star Newspaper.  Kelly summarizes a reorganization of academic programs into two colleges along with changes in the provision of student aid and student services.  LSSU also implemented new processes for budgeting and is projecting a budget surplus for the fiscal year after dealing with structural deficits.

HBCUs Experience Surging Enrollments

HBCU Digest posted an article by Jarrett Carter, Sr. "HBCUs With Enrollment Increases," focusing on preliminary indications that a number of HBCU institutions are experiencing large enrollment increases this fall with some at record levels. Central States University in OH with a 22% increase, Florida Memorial University up by 25%, and Harris-Stowe University in MO with a 50% increase are a few that Carter features. 

North Carolina Central University, Shaw University, South Carolina State University, and Virginia State University were also cited in the article for their larger enrollments.  A 

One of the comments with the article noted that North Carolina A & T welcomed a record freshman class.  I've also seen a few tweets this week noting healthy enrollment gains from others like Philander Smith College in AR that Carter does not mention. Whatever the factors behind the numbers, they are a good sign for HBCUs and appear at first glance to be widespread.