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Fairleigh Dickinson University Provost Appointed School's Next President

June 30, 2015

Fairleigh Dickinson University's provost Christopher A. Capuano has been appointed the school’s next president.  Capuano, 57, will serve as president-elect during the 2015-2016 academic year and will become the university’s eighth president on July 1, 2016, when President Sheldon Drucker retires, the school announced on Monday.

Daniel Church Retires After 10 Years with Bastyr University

June 30, 2015

Daniel Church had never heard of Bastyr University when he accepted the job as its president in 2005. But with a background that included running a hospital in Ohio and serving as dean of a small, liberal-arts college, he saw an opportunity to bridge the divide between conventional and natural medicine.  Church retires Tuesday after 10 years at Bastyr, the nation’s largest accredited naturopathic medical school, and one of its most highly regarded.

Degree on Their Own Time

June 29, 2015

One women’s college is making sure that all students who want a degree can earn one. Alverno College, an all-women’s institution in Wisconsin, is phasing out its once popular weekend courses in favor of a hybrid option for students, a move the college’s president said will allow the student body to better balance personal and professional demands while still pursuing a degree. 

Drexel University Implements New Mental Health Kiosk

June 29, 2015

Walking through the Drexel University Recreation Center, I couldn’t even spot it at first. In fact, I walked by it multiple times. I just didn’t expect a kiosk that screens for mental illness to look like a sleek version of an ATM.  The sign next to the kiosk read, “Get a Check-Up From the Neck Up,” so I pressed “Take A Screening” to start the process.  The two-minute anonymous screening can test for six different signs of mental health problems: depression, generalized anxiety, bipolar, post-traumatic stress, eating and alcohol-use disorders.

Washington University Touts Projected Increase in Diversity

June 29, 2015

After taking a public relations beating over its lack of diversity last year, Washington University reported Friday that its incoming freshman class will be one of its most diverse in years.  While the university expects to welcome more Hispanic and low-income students this fall, the biggest projected jump is in the percentage of black freshmen expected to enroll — 9 percent, up from 5 percent of 2014’s freshman class.  The number of Hispanic freshmen is expected to jump to 8 percent, up from 6 percent last year. That means that if projections hold, 18 percent this fall’s freshman class would be either black or Hispanic.  The projected jump in low-income students — 11 percent up from 8 percent — puts the university on track to meet its goal of a campus where 13 percent of students come from low-income backgrounds by 2020.

Monks Seek Shared Governance

June 26, 2015

Monks are suing trustees at Benedictine University in Illinois for shutting their religious order, which founded the institution 128 years ago, out of major decisions. The monks want power to approve the institution’s next president and say the Board of Trustees has been unwilling to disclose possible conflicts of interest, despite repeated requests by the monks to do so and, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this week, mandates in Benedictine’s bylaws that require disclosure.

Fenway Neighbors Berklee, Boston Conservatory Explore Merger

June 26, 2015

For nearly 50 years, Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory have lived side by side as neighbors in the Fenway, sharing everything from faculty to food services. But now the two storied institutions want to become much closer.  The schools said Thursday that they have agreed to explore a merger, a union they say could create a national powerhouse in performing arts education, with rich programs in music, theater, and dance. Governing boards for the two schools have approved plans to pursue the potential merger, which could occur as soon as 2016.

Massachusetts Should Help Families Save for College

June 24, 2015

AICUM President Richard Doherty writes:  All parents want to provide their children more opportunities than they themselves had. For many parents, a college education for their kids is the most significant opportunity they can offer. Children of college graduates are 80 percent more likely to attend college themselves. College graduates are estimated to earn over $1 million more before retirement than those with a high school diploma alone. Considering those numbers, one would think that Massachusetts would be doing all it could to help families save for college. 

‘Let’s Make This Work’: Sweet Briar’s New President Surveys the Task Ahead

June 24, 2015

That a group of alumnae managed to save Sweet Briar College from imminent closure surprised Phillip C. Stone as much as anyone.  Mr. Stone is now poised to take office. The Chronicle spoke to the new Sweet Briar president about how he plans to pull the troubled women’s college back from the brink of collapse and set it up to survive at a time when many small, rural colleges face difficult choices. 

Columbia University Will Divest From Private Prison Companies

June 24, 2015

Columbia University trustees voted Monday to divest from for-profit prison companies because of concerns about mass incarceration, becoming the first major university to do so.

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