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Author Archives: Brian C. Mitchell

Paying for College: A Problem of Degree(s)

Jon Levine, writing for Mic, reported about a decision on where to go to college made by an incoming freshman, Ronald Nelson, last month. It’s a dilemma faced by countless … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Higher Education: The Right Kind of Philanthropy

Earlier this month Harvard University announced a $400 million donation to its engineering college, as part of a $6.5 billion fundraising goal for its comprehensive campaign. Harvard’s endowment stands at … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Rich vs. Poor: The Growing “Class” Gap in Higher Education

Two thoughtful yet troubling articles, published within a week of each other, startled higher education leaders last week. In the great debate about which factors best explain the growing achievement … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Show Me the Money: The Growing Financial Crisis in College Athletics

Last week, Erik Brady, Steve Berkowitz and Christopher Schnaars wrote about the growing money pressures faced by “non-power 5” college athletic programs in USA Today. They found that “by the … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

What’s the “Value Added” of a College Degree?

In a recent release titled “Beyond College Rankings,” Jonathan Rothwell, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, examined the “value added” of two- and four-year colleges in the United States. In … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Survivor’s Guide for Soon-to-Be College Graduates

The term “graduation” typically means that you graduate “from” something. As we enter the college graduation season, however, it is wise to take a moment to discuss what graduation will … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Public Higher Education at a Crossroads

When state revenues dip, those groups funded in areas where state officials have the most discretion often suffer more than other state-funded groups. It’s expected. At the top of the … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

College Minority Recruiting

As the first numbers on the composition of incoming freshman classes trickle in next month, many colleges and universities take substantial credit for increasing their pool of minority enrollment. They … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

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