There were lots of memorable pictures taken at women's college commencements this spring. From decorated mortar boards to reflections on the women they have become, recent graduates of women's colleges have lots to celebrate.
The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute, co-hosted by Smith, Simmons, and Mount Holyoke colleges, welcomed 48 professional women who hailed from some of the most troubled areas of the world to receive mentoring and support in their work to rebuild their communities torn by war, political violence, and human rights violations.
Women's colleges were founded on progressive assumptions about inclusion and empowerment. But they were also founded for specific beneficiaries: women. But who counts as a woman? And is it possible for colleges to draw that line without redefining their missions of tolerance?
Columbia College senior Emelin Garcia is a recipient of the first-ever Scholarship America Dream Award announced on May 23 on “Katie”, Katie Couric’s daytime television show. Emelin was among twelve student finalists welcomed by Katie Couric to the show, filmed earlier this week in New York City.
The word "bossy" can certainly have a negative connotation, but young women today also have the chance to invest the word with all it means to be a leader. Helen Drinan, President of Simmons College, encourages her granddaughter's generation to do just that.
In the face of mounting financial challenges, some small colleges are hoping that -- together -- they can be as innovative in the online education space as the big guys.
The Council of Independent Colleges and the Teagle Foundation, which supports undergraduate education in arts and sciences, are among some of the organizations pushing for a liberal arts approach to online or hybrid education through recent initiatives that invite small colleges to work together and learn from one another.
Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women, celebrates with President Beverly Tatum, who received one of four 2013 Academic Leadership Awards from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Established in 2005, the award honors university presidents who are resourceful administrators and who also exhibit an avid interest in the liberal arts. Other award winners were Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University; John Hennessy, president of Stanford University; and Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University.
Hear President Tatum’s interview on 12/9 on the PBS NewsHour.
In college athletics, Division I teams garner much of the attention, money and scandal associated with the NCAA. That leads to a spillover into the governance of smaller programs in Divisions II and III. That's according to Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, who was recently appointed to the NCAA Division III board. Pasquerella, who is a medical ethicist, says a solution to a Division I problem does not always make sense for schools like Mount Holyoke.