Don’t Speak and Forever Hold Your Peace

The current academic year is ending for most institutions, which means many presidents and administrators are reviewing their performance over the previous nine months, and counting wins and losses for their various initiatives. This year, I am seeing an uptick in the number of people who want to set a few things straight before faculty leave campus for the summer. What they are viewing as benign communications to campus are red flags to us. The end of the semester is not the time to say … Read more…

Week in Review: May 24, 2018

What’s new this week: This College Planning & Management article on deferred maintenance highlights Carthage College commitment to its physical plant and keeping up with facilities investments. Don’t miss this PBS NewsHour show on Chicago’s new graduation requirement, set to kick off in 2020, that students must prove they have a post-secondary plan in place—a job, college, joining the military, or trade school. This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, be sure to check out posts on how (and why) to pen a 20-minute power tweet and … Read more…

Reflections on a Mentor and a Knight

It’s no secret I’m a fan of ESPN’s30 for 30. I’ve gushed over episodes on this blog and social media for years and even have a list of my five favorite episodes (looking at you, Christian Laettner and the Fab Five!). The storytelling draws you into the human plight associated with each tale and introduces complexities that those who watched the situations unfold through headlines often don’t know. And I’ve been a few degrees separated from some of the episodes, which always makes for greater … Read more…

Week in Review: May 18, 2018

What’s new this week: This Boston Herald article on making colleges access easier for older students features insight from Washington Monthly editor Paul Glastris. It was the lead story in the Lumina daily newsletter and also appeared in the Education Dive newsletter. Professor David Gowler of Oxford College at Emory University penned an essay for Salon on how evangelical leaders are using their proximity to power to their advantage. Teacher shortages are especially prevalent in rural areas, but Colorado has one solution. In a piece for The Washington … Read more…

Week in Review: May 11, 2018

What’s new this week: Don’t miss this Bloomberg piece on how Carthage College’s endowment manager beat Harvard with index funds. Ahead of Amazon’s final decision about the location of its second headquarters, Scripps College professor Corey Tazzara looks to the Italian experience after the Renaissance for lessons the U.S. can learn about cities cooperating rather than competing for corporate interests in this Washington Post piece. In a segment for Academic Minute, Professor Mark Montgomery of Grinnell College explains why international adoptions are declining. Inside Higher Ed also highlighted … Read more…

Indecision Day

It’s been over a week since May 1, the date widely celebrated in higher education as National College Signing (or Decision) Day. It’s the deadline by which many incoming students commit to their institutions and send in their deposits to secure their spots in the fall class. Celebrations roll in all across social media and it’s a fun day to be in higher education, to see so many hopeful beginnings of college careers. Even though there wasn’t as much hype around the date when I … Read more…

Quick Hit: It’s Commencement Season!

It’s May and commencement season is upon us. The one thing I miss most about being on a college campus is getting ready for the seniors to graduate. I loved the craziness, the last-minute preparations, and the way the whole campus came together to make this significant event happen. From the pomp and circumstance to the speaker to the food, everything was planned to the last detail. The things most graduates remember from their ceremony are the commencement speaker and, quite frankly, the weather. The … Read more…

Week in Review: May 4, 2018

What’s new this week: College students at Fordham University have a unique opportunity to take a high-level business class while on a spin bike. The one-of-a-kind class was featured online at Good Morning America and included in the GMA highlights as well. California teens are turning out to pre-register to vote, but that doesn’t mean they’ll turn out to vote when they legally can. In a Press-Enterprise article, Grinnell College professor Douglas Hess explains that while Millennial voting power could rival Baby Boomers, their turnout numbers are historically quite … Read more…

Week in Review: April 27, 2018

What’s new this week: Grinnell College music professor Mark Laver weighs in on Kendrick Lamar’s music for this CNN piece on Beyoncé and Lamar and what it means to be unapologetically black. In a piece on teaching franchising in higher ed for Entrepreneur, the Farmer School of Business cites low student demand as a reason to not include it as part of the regular curriculum. After the Toronto attacks earlier this week, people are taking a closer look at the world of incel culture. Professor Ross … Read more…

Quick Hit: Royal Baby Buzz

New babies are always special and exciting, but the furor around baby number three for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a bit more intense than what most families experience. Predictably, various news outlets are clamoring to cover the birth in unique ways. Below are some of the more interesting, fun pieces I’ve enjoyed over the past few days: What exactly is his name? Harper’s BAZAAR breaks down how the little one will be titled, as well as what his elder sister and brother … Read more…