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Author Archives: Brian C. Mitchell

Private Colleges and the White Middle Class

In a recent blog in the Washington Post, Max Ehrenfreund suggests that private colleges are a waste of money for white, middle class kids. He asks: “Is it worth unloading … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Higher Education: The Problem with Priorities

It’s been interesting to watch over the years how priorities emerge on college and university campuses. Some develop organically, whether in service of an academic program, to meet a perceived … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Moving Community College Graduates Toward a Four-Year Degree

There is growing consensus that more attention must be paid to increasing the number of two-year graduates who go on to complete a four-year degree. While over 80 percent of … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Life After College

By the end of sophomore year, tradition suggests that most college students should think about how they can narrow their interests to a range of opportunities after graduation. It’s not … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Higher Education: Identifying the Senior Team

There are big changes coming in American higher education. College and university governance must accommodate these changes and shape rather than be shaped by them. The changes reflect both the … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Training Tomorrow’s Leaders in Higher Education

What happens when you get the job? The best college and university presidents start out with an understanding of what they do not know. As candidates, they presented the Search … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Some Thoughts on College Fundraising

For several years, the media has highlighted the importance of capital campaigns to relieve the financial burden at many colleges and universities. In doing so, they focus on the scale … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Colleges and Universities: Getting the Message Right

It seems increasingly likely that one of the “make or break” points in American higher education will be how well individual institutions craft their message. It’s a complex issue. There … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

An Open Letter to High School Seniors

It’s October. For millions of American high school seniors, choosing what to do after receiving the high school degree begins now. It represents the first life-altering decision made by you … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

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