Category Archives: State of the university

A New Beginning

– Ray Feroz Without a good relationship, our effect upon one another is nonexistent or destructive. –William Glasser One of the things I love about working in academics is that we have a regular time-limited season (semester) and when it … Continue reading

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What is a Leader?

– Jeanne M. Slattery As I write this, I am in Harrisburg. I am on the executive committee of my state organization, a group with almost 3000 members and a budget of more than $1m per year (when our foundation … Continue reading

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Finding My Why

– Paul Woodburne I liked Leah Chambers’ piece in HIH about ‘finding her why.’ I like teaching and always have. My parents knew from the time I was young that I would be a faculty professor. I enjoy the work, … Continue reading

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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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