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Author Archives: Brian C. Mitchell

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

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

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