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Daniel R Porterfield

Love Makes Space: A Message for Today's College Graduates

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

Each year at this time, when I'm called upon to send 600 graduating seniors out into the world, I'm struck by how differently the educators, the graduates, and their families perceive the moment.

Making the 'Right' College Choice

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

I'd encourage you to consider three factors especially predictive of a terrific college career. Maybe these ideas will help you find the right college fit.

College Counselors: The Unsung Heroes of American Education

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

At this time of year on America's college campuses, seniors are counting the days until graduation -- always a multi-layered moment filled both with c...

Witnessing History at Our College Reunions

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

Each June, thousands of college alums return to their alma maters to reconnect, look back and catch up. Busy with parties and lectures, lunches and to...

The Pre-Commencement Speech Seniors Need Now

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 06.14.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

I find that the most engaged students may suffer these pre-commencement blues most acutely. It's precisely because they've cared so much that they may grieve so deeply -- during what they think should be a joyous period.

The Liberal Arts College as a Springboard to Opportunity

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

Great colleges will respond to the evolving needs of 20-something searchers and help them launch well into opportunity and growth. Liberal arts colleges are especially well positioned to do so.

The Enduring Ideals of Dr. King

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Education
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

As an educator, I share Dr. King's belief that providing all with equal access to an empowering education is the essential investment a democracy makes in its people and its future. "Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education," wrote Dr. King.

A Terrible Thing to Waste

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

High school students hear a discouraging cacophony: "College costs too much. Students borrow too much. Too many students aren't college-ready." That's why we need to emphasize four key messages to those young people who have the talent and mindset to flourish in college.