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Syracuse University Turns to Harry Potter to Motivate Business Students

September 15, 2014

To get undergraduates to care about corporate finance, the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is going full-on Harry Potter. The business school is launching a program on Thursday that will place undergraduate business students into four teams, or “houses,” for the year, “each with a faculty advisor who serves as a house master, and each with its own name and shield, a la Harry Potter.” 

Albion College Inaugurates Ditzler as New President

September 15, 2014

The sky may have been overcast and gray Friday, but the mood was bright and upbeat as Albion College and community members welcomed Mauri A. Ditzler as the college's 16th president.

Greene Inaugurated as 20th President of Colby College

September 15, 2014

Amid a number of challenges in higher education, Colby College is better positioned than ever to make its mark in the academic world, according to the college’s newly inaugurated president, David A. Greene.  Greene, who comes to the college from the University of Chicago, officially took office Saturday as the college’s 20th president in a ceremony outside Miller Library.

Sauder Marvels at Union College, Aims to Grow School

September 15, 2014

Vinita Sauder’s earliest impressions of Union College were student-centered.  That’s the kind of place Sauder said she has dreamed of working at — a small, private college where students take control of their learning, one that “goes beyond academics.”  Sauder hopes to use the lessons learned from 25 years at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, to help Union grow in enrollment, physical footprint and its academic offerings.

USC Passes Halfway Mark in $6 Billion Fundraising Drive

September 15, 2014

The University of Southern California has raised $3.7 billion, putting it on pace to meet a $6 billion capital campaign goal by the end of 2018.  The university, which plans to break ground today on a $650 million campus expansion, has received four gifts of more than $100 million, including a $220 million anonymous donation, according to President C. L. “Max” Nikias. The $6 billion campaign was the largest-ever when unveiled in 2011, until it was surpassed by Harvard University’s $6.5 billion drive.

Free Speech at Yale

September 15, 2014

At Yale University's Freshman Assembly last month, Peter Salovey, Yale's president, urged students to avoid the kind of speaker policing that has happened at so many other campuses of late.  Now, a little over two weeks after the assembly, Yale is facing just that sort of episode -- and the guest in question is one of those Salovey alluded to in his remarks. Ayaan Hirsi Ali -- a women's rights activist and a vocal, often controversial critic of Islam -- will speak tonight at Yale as part of the William F. Buckley Jr. Program, and about 30 campus groups are voicing concerns.

William Penn University Names 27th President

September 12, 2014

William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa has named alumnus John Ottosson as president. Ottosson, a 1984 graduate, has spent the last 24 years working to promote and help develop the University. In February of this year, Ottosson was named interim president as part of an initiative for experimenting and testing new leadership strategies. 

Tuition Cut Produces a Bumper Crop of Students at Concordia St. Paul

September 11, 2014

For the second year in a row, Concordia University St. Paul is awash in a record number of students, thanks to its dramatic decision to slash tuition by $10,000 in the fall of 2013.

University of Miami President Donna Shalala Announces She Will Retire in 2015

September 9, 2014

Fourteen years ago, Donna Shalala took the reins of a school in transition. The University of Miami boasted growing prestige, but was still working to shed its party-school “Suntan U” reputation.  It was Shalala who cemented UM’s place as a serious — and increasingly selective — institution of higher learning. She also abandoned the Orange Bowl, boldly purchased a hospital, and raised billions of dollars in support for the university. All of which means Shalala’s imprint will remain long after her retirement — a retirement she announced Monday. Shalala plans to formally step down next spring. 

Martin Oversees Student Employment, Councils Families on Financial Aid Issues

September 9, 2014

Wesleyan University interviews Sean Martin, senior associate director in the Financial Aid Office, who oversees student employment: Every student has a different reason for wanting to work. Some find that having a job helps them focus and manage their time better. Others like making a contribution to the university. I believe that every job—even those that are not academically rigorous—provides value to students beyond what they’re paid by the hour.

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