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Donna Randall

College Bound? Summer Advice

Donna Randall | Posted 08.04.2014 | College
Donna Randall

Due to the substantial financial outlay, students need to think carefully about how they can get the most out of their college years. Here are some strategies for students to contemplate before they leave home this summer.

Increasing Diversity in the STEM Pipeline

Donna Randall | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Donna Randall

If the United States seeks to remain competitive in a global economy, it is essential that colleges and universities graduate more students majoring in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Who Won't Be Replaced By a Machine in 2034?

Donna Randall | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Donna Randall

Over several decades, computers have replaced workers who perform routine tasks, notably in the manufacturing sector. This trend is expected to continue and to increasingly impact occupations where workers perform non-routine tasks.

Lessons Learned From a Female Pioneer

Donna Randall | Posted 05.12.2014 | Education
Donna Randall

As we celebrate Women's History Month in March, events are planned on campuses across the nation to reflect on the achievements of women. Most importa...

New Study Points to Liberal Arts Graduates' Success

Donna Randall | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Donna Randall

The liberal arts community tends not to talk about the value of a liberal arts education in economic terms. Even if there was willingness to do so, supporting data are hard to find. However, evidence has recently emerged.

An Evolution in College Student Advising

Donna Randall | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Donna Randall

Over the course of four years, undergraduate students are presented with a smorgasbord of enticing courses. At times, they may feel overwhelmed. Which...

Student Debt: It's More Complicated (And Better) Than You Think

Donna Randall | Posted 02.12.2014 | College
Donna Randall

The end of December is traditionally a time when high school seniors and their parents sit down for a serious conversation about college. As they debate the merits of various colleges, there is one question that inevitably comes up: Can we afford it?

The Challenge of Defining Value

Donna Randall | Posted 01.27.2014 | College
Donna Randall

Increasing the value of our higher education system is a worthy enterprise. While many features of the proposed plan make sense, some measures under consideration to define the value of a college are unsettling.

Coming Out Strong

Donna Randall | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Donna Randall

Sometimes people are so busy doing the work in front of them that they don't take time to promote what they do. Sometimes people believe so deeply in ...

Higher Ed Outcome That May Overshadow All

Donna Randall | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Donna Randall

In addition to providing a solid academic foundation, we must ensure that we have robust career development offices that can assess and inventory student interests and talents early in their college career and help them craft an individualized four-year plan to explore options and opportunities.

Seeking Higher Ground

Donna Randall | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Donna Randall

Liberal arts colleges have a special responsibility to transmit our heritage. If we have done our job, we will have prepared our graduates to understand and appreciate the key elements of our civilization.

Opening the Door to Private Higher Education

Donna Randall | Posted 07.24.2013 | College
Donna Randall

The value of a private education, of course, extends far beyond the financial investment families make and even beyond our graduates' career success. The quality and depth of the relationships among students, faculty, and staff at small private institutions is especially evident at commencement time.

Creating Their Own Opportunities

Donna Randall | Posted 06.25.2013 | College
Donna Randall

The view that Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg advocates in her new book, Lean In, has been a matter of considerable debate. But her basic point resonates: Women must take charge of their own futures. So, how does her message translate for women now in college?

Independent Research Cultivates Skills Employers Value

Donna Randall | Posted 05.21.2013 | College
Donna Randall

Increasingly, liberal arts colleges are connecting students' learning to the work environment in appropriate and meaningful ways.

Creating Global Learning Communities

Donna Randall | Posted 04.27.2013 | College
Donna Randall

"Raising the Bar," a recent survey of employers conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, indicates clearly what a majority of employers believe college students should develop a greater understanding of.

When Smaller Really Is Better

Donna Randall | Posted 10.30.2012 | College
Donna Randall

At most liberal arts colleges, the majority of classes have fewer than 20 students. In this environment, faculty can guide students in sharing perspectives, debating ideas and making discoveries in ways that are just not possible when enrollments number in the hundreds or thousands.