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How Small Colleges Can Not Only Survive, But Thrive

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 07.17.2015 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

With the closing of two more private not-for-profit colleges in recent months, many more college leaders and boards across the country realize they must take the difficult steps required to ensure survival for their institutions.

Green Light in the Southern Appalachians: How We Became the First Institution Below the Mason Dixon Line to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Robert J. Cabin | Posted 04.25.2015 | Green
Robert J. Cabin

The movement to divest from fossil fuels has become the fastest divestment campaign in history. To date, over 180 institutions and cities have committed to divest, and about $50 billion has already been divested.

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.

Why Small, Residential, Student-Centered Colleges Will Prevail

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

December on a small college campus, to quote the 1960's Andy Williams holiday song, "is the most wonderful time of the year." Sure, the spring season...

Smaller Colleges and the Media: When Is Good News Newsworthy?

Dr. James J. Kelly | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Dr. James J. Kelly

So, your team has been working its brains out to turn around your college's reputation, and earn the accreditation and positive attention it needs t...

Horror Headlines Usher in Spring at Colleges

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 06.27.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

There is no cure for the reality that the traditional undergraduate population is declining in numbers, that student debt is a ferocious beast that cows students and families, and that the expectation that a college degree will guarantee entry into one's preferred employment field is not always well founded.

US Needs STEM Grads? Small Colleges Produce Them!

S. Georgia Nugent | Posted 05.20.2014 | Education
S. Georgia Nugent

I was aware that my institution (and other small, private institutions) also did very well in preparing scientists. Now we have empirical research documenting just how well.

College Graduates Building Meaningful Lives: Don't Measure Success by Your Paycheck

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Cynthia Huggins

A college education should also impress on students the importance -- the absolute necessity -- of a meaningful life in which they get to define success for themselves. Learn to play the clarinet. Read a Brontë novel. Coach a basketball team. Or just spend an hour walking a dog.

The Disappearing of Small Public Colleges

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Cynthia Huggins

All across this nation, small publics are getting squeezed out of the mix, disappearing between rapidly growing research universities, small private colleges with healthy endowments, and for-profit institutions offering online programs in every conceivable field.

Cognitive Biases and Vulnerable Student Success

Karen Gross | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Karen Gross

Our cognitive bias impacts others but also our perception of ourselves. When we become better aware, we can reduce the error rates in thinking about colleges/universities, our current and prospective students and ourselves -- for the betterment of individuals, institutions and the public good.

The Stakes Are Big: Choose Small

John Kroger | Posted 01.06.2013 | College
John Kroger

Millions are about to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Their choice will greatly affect the next four years and determine their future. No, I'm not talking about the presidential election, but high school seniors choosing their path in higher education.

One Solution for the Precarious Future of Small Colleges

Jeff Selingo | Posted 06.05.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

Advances in technology can now link together institutions that are separated by thousands of miles.

Top 10 Smallest Colleges In America

| Lindsay Shoemake | Posted 01.11.2012 | Home

Schools come in all sizes -- from very, very large, to very, very small. But just how small? By doing a little investigative work through, ...