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Karen Gross

Standing Tall When Small: What Small Colleges Can Contribute to Higher Education

Karen Gross | Posted 04.19.2015 | College
Karen Gross

Small colleges and their leaders are close to the ground too -- meaning they can see what is occurring on campuses with their students on a personal and individual level and can make change happen.

Bringing Our Best Selves to the Table: A Responsibility We Owe to Our Students

Karen Gross | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Karen Gross

the success of our institutions and our students requires that we bring our best selves to the table each and every day. And, like Lapointe observed related to his playing, we have a responsibility to 'step it up'

When Silence Stopped Being Golden

Karen Gross | Posted 05.19.2014 | Women
Karen Gross

Many women of my generation grew up learning to be quiet. We were told when we were young that children were meant to be seen, not heard. Then, with the start of the Vietnam War and the Women's Movement, we started to see the value of having a voice and having that voice heard.

Google Gives Information; Knowledge Promotes Empowerment

Karen Gross | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Karen Gross

Having recently spent a year working for the federal government in Washington and having been a Voter Advocate during the 2012 Presidential election, it seemed apt to talk to the students about voting rights -- from the time of the Ancient Greeks to today and into tomorrow.

The Power of Small -- In Education and in Medicine

Karen Gross | Posted 02.03.2014 | College
Karen Gross

There are remarkable benefits for students who enroll at small colleges. The attention they get is personalized. Faculty and staff know them by name and know many of their strengths and weaknesses.

Health Care and Education Reform: Double Trouble

Karen Gross | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Karen Gross

With all the linkages, there are two similarities between health care and education that have not received as much attention: a largely intractable problem, poverty, and a cautionary message about technology.

The Government Shutdown as a Teachable Moment: A Voice from the Bully Pulpit

Karen Gross | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Karen Gross

This is a teachable moment for students across our nation. The current shutdown of government violates our notions of fair play and fair dealing; it produces inequities that adversely affect our most vulnerable citizens.

Re-Thinking Orientation for Veteran Students on our Campuses

Karen Gross | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Karen Gross

As we see these new students enrolling at our campuses, we need to pause and reflect on how to help them more successfully "crosswalk" from war to work, from military life to a residential campus.

The Right Fit: Low-income Students and College Success

Karen Gross | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Karen Gross

The bottom line is that determining fit is costly. It is not like stepping into a dressing room at a mall. Imagine the monies spent by wealthier families to hire college advisers and then visit campuses, often with overnight stays and plane trips, not to speak of days taken off from work.

Ex-College Prez Who Committed Suicide 'Had Many Strengths,' Colleague Says

AP | WILSON RING | Posted 02.25.2013 | College

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The former acting president of Southern Vermont College who apparently committed suicide after learning of embezzlement allegations...