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Safe Spaces And Difficult Discussions

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.06.2016 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

It seems to me that colleges should foster a culture that allows discussions of topics that make us uncomfortable. We should hear viewpoints from those who don't share our history, our values, our religion, our race, etc.

The Politics Of Hate

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 08.03.2016 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

We cannot afford to have a population that is so easily led by bullies and egomaniacs that are able to get their hands on a microphone.

In Defense of Liberal Arts

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

More and more, those of us in higher education, particularly at community colleges like Fulton-Montgomery Community College, hear from elected officia...

Reaching Students Where They Are

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 04.21.2016 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

One of the challenges, and joys, of working at a college like Fulton-Montgomery Community College is the broad diversity of students.

Teaching Values

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 03.11.2016 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Colleges are often accused of being bastions for liberals. There is some notion that conservatives are not welcome on college campuses.

The Trump Phenomenon

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 02.03.2016 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

It is clearly not my place to endorse or speak against any political candidate in my official capacity as the president of a public community college. Therefore, I will attempt to explore this topic without tipping my hand regarding Mr. Trump (but I doubt I will be able to accomplish that task).

The Balance

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 01.20.2017 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

We, in higher education, need to teach students to understand other cultures. We need to encourage them to use facts in discussions, not sound bites and hyperbole.

Guns on Campus

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 12.04.2016 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

No -- more guns is NOT the answer. I, like every president of a college, lose sleep over the potential that someone may come to my campus with a purpose of killing a specific individual or a group of people. I take my responsibility to protect the students, faculty and staff seriously.

Preparing for College

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.30.2016 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

There are a myriad of factors that influence whether a student is successful in college. We all need to explore new methods of delivery. We all need to increase the support services that help students succeed, all of which increases our costs.

Innovation in our Communities

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.01.2016 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Innovation is a word that is thrown around a lot. We live in an innovation economy. The company is very innovative. Innovation is the key to our future. But we're not always a society that supports innovation.

The Educated Citizen

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 09.02.2016 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

One key to moving our society forward is having our citizens understand the issues and make informed decisions about our leaders. While a college education may not be the only way to prepare for such an endeavor, it sure helps.

Imagine If We All Worked Together

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 05.21.2016 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Since my arrival at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in July 2006, I have seen the potential in this community for growth and prosperity.

Free Community College Education for All: A Good Idea?

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Since financial aid is based on income, it seems to me that providing a free community college education to everyone is more likely to support those who could afford the tuition at community colleges rather than those who cannot.

Through Education the American Dream Can Flourish

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 05.12.2015 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Whether or not you agree with any of these positions is not what's most important. What is important, from the perspective of this op-ed, is that we examine our governments and their positions.

Atmosphere of Accountability

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 04.07.2015 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

I believe in accountability. We are stewards of the public trust. I also believe that government has a right to know what we're doing with the public funds. But too many masters can do more harm than good.

First Day of College

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

When you think of your first day of college, you think back about the anticipation of meeting new people, the confusion of a new environment, the anxiety of the amount of work to do and perhaps the excitement of preparing for your future.

Student Debt and Higher Education

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Student debt has been a hot topic of discussion in Washington, Albany, and all around the country. Graduates are losing lifetime wealth due to college debt. Although this may be true, it may not be the entire issue.

Working Toward the Future

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

This year at FM's graduation, I was fortunate enough to address over 200 students who attended Commencement to celebrate their academic success. These...

The Real Future Economy

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

This workerless economy isn't going to happen tomorrow, but we should begin to think about it.

The Common Core

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 06.16.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

There are a LOT of great teachers and administrators who really care about the education of our children. I believe that if we asked those teachers how to improve education, we would get very good answers

The Completion Agenda

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

As I write this article I am at the American Association of Community Colleges conference. A significant topic at the conference is the "completion ag...

Teaching Civility

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

We all should take time to talk about civility with our students, our children, our colleagues, and our citizens. I have always believed that if you are clear about your expectations most people will meet them.

Going Beyond the Headline

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 12.11.2013 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

While having a society that is happy to blindly draw conclusions based upon short sound bites is politically advantageous, it may not be the society we want.

Imagine a Community Without FM

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Dr. Dustin Swanger

As we welcome the incoming class this fall, we recognize that it is Fulton-Montgomery Community College's 50th incoming class. For five decades, FM has been a part of the fabric of the Fulton and Montgomery County Region.

Community Colleges in the Spotlight

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Students all across the country are electing to take their first two years of college education at community colleges and transfer the credits to an upper-level institution, saving tens-of-thousands of dollars.