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Surge in Foreign Students May Be Crowding Americans Out of Elite Colleges

Washington Post

December 22, 2016

A major increase in international enrollment in recent years has intensified the competition for entry to America’s top private colleges and universities, as ever-growing numbers of applicants angle for the limited supply of seats.  That tension is particularly evident in the eight prestigious Ivy League schools: Federal data shows that their freshman classes grew slightly from 2004 to 2014 — 5 percent — while the number of incoming foreign students rose 46 percent. At the same time, applications to the schools shot up 88 percent.Read More


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Ending Extracurricular Privilege

The Atlantic

December 22, 2016

One day in the summer of 2015, I sat in a small conference room in Tribeca, watching the reality show Dance Moms with Richard Weissbourd, a renowned Harvard psychologist. To Weissbourd, shows like Dance Moms are a symptom of a broader societal malaise. It’s an example of how ego-driven society, and by extension, teenagers, have become, thanks in part to the pressures placed on them by parents and colleges. The Harvard initiative Weissbourd co-directs—called “Making Caring Common”—is aimed at changing media messages and school policies in order to promote concern for others among youth. Read More


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Why This Small College in Iowa Is Going Global

Washington Post

December 22, 2016

Grinnell College had a problem last spring. Enrollment for the incoming class of 2020 was falling well short of the target of 440 freshmen, and the college had exhausted its wait list of domestic applicants.  So the esteemed liberal arts school in Iowa dipped into its foreign wait list.  Grinnell wound up with a class of 414, still shy of the school’s goal. Twenty-three percent of Grinnell’s freshmen are international, up from 18 percent in 2014 and 11 percent in 2004.Read More


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Veterans Deserve Universities' Loyalty

USA Today - Presidential Opinon

April 21, 2016

University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias and Professor David Petraeus write: Our nation owes an enormous debt to these new veterans. Indeed, they have earned recognition as America’s “New Greatest Generation.” And our universities need to support them to the fullest extent possible, including through the Yellow Ribbon Program, which removes financial barriers that often stand in the way.

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Why Women's Colleges Are Still Needed

University Business - Presidential Opinion

April 22, 2016

Jo Allen, president of Meredith College, writes: The role of women’s colleges—far beyond their origins in offering access to college degrees—is to help women flourish. Some women’s colleges have focused on women’s leadership; some on career preparation in STEM and other areas where women have been under-represented and dissatisfied; and still others on health care, education and areas where women excel.

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Proposed Federal Overtime Rules Will Negatively Impact Nonprofits

Scranton, Penn., Times-Tribune - Presidential Opinion

April 18, 2016

Thomas J. Botzman, president of Misericordia University, writes: For higher education, the challenges — while daunting — are not as overwhelming. Teachers and college faculty are exempt employees, so their salaries would not change. However, many of our colleagues, such as coaches, post-doctoral fellows, student affairs professionals and admissions recruiters would be impacted by the rule. A coach, for example, would likely be constrained from longer trips to play a game as we seek to limit hourly travel expenses. Opportunities for professional development would also diminish as cost containment becomes the directive.

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