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.
“Undermatching" is the latest buzzword to afflict higher education, a theory that "high achieving low income" students should choose only elite or "competitive" colleges and universities instead of the often-local institutions that serve low income students in large numbers. Skim the best off the top, the theory seems to say, and they will do very well. Heck with the rest!
At the highest levels of the American workforce, less than 20 percent of the top leadership jobs are held by women, according to a new national study, which found that women, on average, earn less than men in comparable jobs while, by some measures, outperforming them.
The most pernicious movement yet to afflict higher education with the curse of metrics over mission is the eruption of studies and websites purporting to measure the value of a college education through the salaries of our graduates.