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Author Archives: Brian C. Mitchell

As the Rich Get Richer, What’s a ‘Poor’ College to Do?

Drawing upon a study by Moody’s Investors Service, Nick Anderson reported in the Washington Post last week that “the ten richest universities in America hold nearly a third of the … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

When the Financial Crisis Looms: A Tale of Three Colleges

Late last week I had a telling conversation with Dr. Jim Douthat, a colleague and mentor and the highly respected president emeritus of Lycoming College (PA). Like me, Dr. Douthat … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Choosing the Right Path to College

While the notification date to college applicants varies dramatically depending upon the path selected for admission consideration, the notifications will largely be complete by April 1, even at the most … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Higher Education Accreditation: Is There Another Way Through the Looking Glass?

The recent decision by the Board of Trustees to close Sweet Briar College raises an important question.  Is there a better way to coordinate the findings of ratings groups to assist colleges … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Some Thoughts on What College Presidents Think

Inside Higher Education recently released a summary of its fifth annual survey of College and University Presidents, in advance of the annual meeting of the American Council on Education, the … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sweet Briar: The Crack in the Faberge Egg

The decision by the Board of Trustees of Sweet Briar College to close its doors on August 25 shocked the American higher education community. In announcing its decision, Sweet Briar … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Why Transfer Agreements Don’t Work in Higher Education

There is something to be said for how the selection process works in American higher education. Within a decentralized system offering both public and private opportunities, there are various levels … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Band Aid Solutions to College Deficits

Now is the time of the year that most college and university boards of trustees meet to set in place what the comprehensive fee – tuition, fees, room and board … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is There a Future for Greek Life?

As American colleges and universities seek to refine, and in many cases rebrand, their student life experience, one of the questions that regularly arises on college campuses is whether there … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can Outcomes Save the Liberal Arts?

One of the great battles ongoing in American higher education centers on the continued vitality and relevance of a liberal arts education.   Nearly every American has seen some video … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 1 Comment
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