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Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.
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Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., president of Saint Leo University, has more than 30 years’ experience as a chief executive officer leading private colleges through transformational change and growth. Dr. Kirk received his bachelor’s degree in history and his master’s degree in administration and supervision from Kean University in New Jersey. He earned his doctorate from Rutgers University, writing his doctoral dissertation on small college survival strategies.

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Practicing Benedictine Values in a Modern World

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 6:16 PM

Although Saint Benedict walked this earth more than 1,500 years ago, his teachings remain relevant in today's business world. This is especially true for higher education.

By following the Rule of Saint Benedict, every organization can produce better work guided by lofty standards. Sometimes it may seem impractical...

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Higher Ed in 2050: Why the Future Is Not as Bleak as Many Believe

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 4:28 PM

Co-authored by Dr. Jeff Borden, associate vice president of teaching and learning innovation at Saint Leo University, in Saint Leo, FL.

On a listserv for college and university presidents last month, someone asked who among us was forecasting 30 years out. Few if any of us were, but the question...

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Student Loan Origination Fees: A Hidden Tax

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:42 PM

Co-authored by Melinda Clark, assistant vice president of student financial services at Saint Leo University, in Saint Leo, Florida

Congress has hijacked the discussions around federal student loans, asserting that they are somehow a burden to the government. Considering they generate more than $50 billion in revenue annually, nothing could...

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The Sorry Story of College Rankings and Ratings

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 12:37 PM

It's football season. The debate continues. Who is number one? Every Monday, we learn how the multiple polls ranking the college football powers evaluate the schools. Arguments ensue immediately across the airways, on campuses, in bar rooms and beyond.

The polls compile coaches' opinions (some always vote their team first),...

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Are You Ready for Online Learning?

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 10:39 AM

A question that prospective online students often ask us is "how do I know if I'm ready for an online course?" For adult students who may be juggling full-time jobs, families or other obligations the answer almost always involves time commitment. Online classes offer more flexibility, but flexibility does not...

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Think College Costs Too Much? Thank the Government.

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:51 AM

I am not going to argue that a four-year college education isn't expensive. It is. I won't argue that its return on investment makes it worthwhile, although it surely does. I also cannot argue that increasing the number of administrators doesn't increase the cost of a higher education. It does.

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Madness of College Athletics Extends Well Beyond March

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 4:38 PM

I love sports at every level. I especially like inter-collegiate sports. I have been a president of NCAA schools for over 30 years, a Division III school and now a Division II school. I love to watch our students compete in the 19 sports we offer. Always have.

This is...

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Prospective College Students and Parents Are Asking the Wrong Question

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 1:50 PM

It's a question that won't be going away anytime soon: "Is college still worth it?"

I addressed this topic in an earlier blog post, and was also asked by the Orlando Sentinel to argue in favor of pursuing higher education and the inherent benefits it brings...

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Textbooks Costs Continue as Barrier to Higher Education

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Co-authored by Susan Colaric, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Instructional Technology at Saint Leo University.

Higher education has been intensely scrutinized recently for high and increasing tuition prices. Rightly so, as the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated average annual increases of seven percent from 2002 to 2012.


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Is it Enough to Be a Yellow Ribbon School?

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 1:50 PM

Co-authored by Jose Coll, Ph.D., Director of Veteran Student Services and Associate Professor of Social Work at Saint Leo University.

Whether or not there are any "ole" oak trees on campus, hundreds of colleges and universities are waving their Yellow Ribbons proudly in support of returning military service members.

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Embracing Military Culture in Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Co-authored by Jose Coll, Ph.D., Director of Veteran Student Services and Associate Professor of Social Work at Saint Leo University

After more than a decade at war, the forthcoming troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will mean the return of thousands of American troops to their families and communities.

The past several...

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Rutgers Board of Governors Plays 'Blame Game' in Athletics

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 11:56 AM

There is little doubt: the Rutgers athletic department has been a mess for the better half of the past year, damaging a great university's image nationally. There are important lessons to be learned from how this happened.

Most of us became privy to the fiasco only when the horrifying video...

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Attentive Leadership Begins at the Top

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 5:48 PM

A 2010 study conducted by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) introduced a concept called "attentive leadership." The study focused on student success and found that one key is a visible, action-oriented commitment to timely graduation by people at all levels of an institution: faculty, senior administrators, department...

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When $50 Billion Isn't Enough

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 2:52 PM

Now becoming a perennial obstacle, student loan interest rates on federally subsidized loans are yet again set to double on July 1; unless Congress and President Barack Obama can reach an agreement, federal Stafford loan interest will rise from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

The House, the Senate, and the...

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A Bachelor's Degree as an Umbrella: A College or University Degree Is Worth the Cost

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 1:44 PM

The public discussion continues about whether the cost of an undergraduate education is worth the effort and expense. Almost everyone seems to know someone with a son or daughter living in a spare room despite having a degree from a high-priced college or university--and with a significant loan to repay....

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Graduation Begins Today -- Online

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Many adult learners enrolling online for the first time may be somewhat apprehensive about online education. After all, their only experience of learning has been in traditional, face-to-face settings. Other adult learners expect it to be fun, fast, and friendly. This certainly is the message of the enticements...

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The Real Story of Adult Online Learning

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 10:24 AM

To watch the TV ads, one might think that earning a post-secondary degree online is easier than through traditional classroom study. Certainly, it is true that one might do a lot of work in one's pajamas (something not common even with the informality of today's campuses). Furthermore, one does not...

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MOOCs: Game Changer or "Tech Ed Du Jour"?

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 6:27 PM

Game-changing technology innovations occur periodically in any industry. Clay Christensen demonstrated this in The Innovator's Dilemma and his follow-up book with Michael Raynor, The Innovator's Solution. Both offer examples across tens of industries ranging from steam shovels to department stores to disk drives to transportation to education. Yet for every...

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Student Success: No Magic Involved, Focus on the Individual Student

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 2:07 PM

A Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) study introduced in an earlier post identified that the key to student success is the creation and maintenance of a "graduation-oriented culture" featuring "attentive leadership" and a clear "focus on the individual student." Attentive leadership does not necessarily involve champions (though individual...

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Student Success: No Magic Involved, a Graduation-Oriented Culture

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 4:26 PM

While student access remains an important national goal, the knowledge-based economy makes completion of postsecondary education critical. I noted in an earlier post that Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workplace estimates that two-thirds of the new and replacement jobs by 2018 will require a...

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