Category Archives: State of the university

Dear Left Confused

Dear Ms. Scholar, I watched the report from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) and was left confused. There were good ideas, although these ideas were often so vague that, as I read the media and listened … Continue reading

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Why Pennsylvania Should Invest in Its Public Universities

 – Melissa K. Downes and Jeanne M. Slattery It’s April again, and we’re paying our taxes. We suspect that no one really likes paying taxes (though we have no hard evidence for this). No one says, “I’ve just done an … Continue reading

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Post-election: Reaching Across the Table

–  Jeanne M. Slattery, Ellen Foster, and Melissa K. Downes We value exploring ideas in the classroom. We value effective communication. We value making room for a variety of perspectives. Given these things, last fall’s election was personally challenging, but … Continue reading

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How Did We Get Here?

Amber Klein gave this speech at the Winter 2016 Commencement at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Good afternoon. I want to thank President Whitney, Council of Trustees, the distinguished members of the faculty and the administration for selecting me to speak … Continue reading

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Why We are Thankful – 2016

We talked to our friends and colleagues about what they are thankful for this season. There were both unique situations that people described and consistent themes. We’ll start, though, by letting them tell us what they see. – JMS and … Continue reading

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10 Myths That Damage a University. Part 2: Is College Worth It?

– Jeanne M. Slattery and Melissa K. Downes Melissa often has her composition students write their final papers on issues related to higher education. Many of her students choose the topic “Is College Worth It?” and many of those students … Continue reading

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Teaching in a Trump World

– Jeanne M. Slattery and Melissa K. Downes We try to keep clearly-partisan politics out of this page – and sometimes don’t succeed. Whether we like it or not, however, politics is intertwined with almost everything else: influencing whether we … Continue reading

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