Over the past several years, many studies have shown the advantages of teams which are diverse in terms of skills, age, culture, personality and, most especially, gender. Diverse teams, when well led, are more innovative and creative.
We can't just keep talking about the importance of access and affordability. We need to ensure it exists through public policies that support students no matter what type of institution they attend -- public colleges, community colleges or private institutions.
I enjoyed wandering around, and I learned from the wandering. Of course, you had better be prepared for the occasional comment -- always offered jokingly -- that you apparently have nothing better to do. In fact, you do not.
At colleges in particular, especially small colleges where everyone knows everyone else, there is a tendency to make decisions on an ad hoc basis. Don't do so; never decide personnel matters on the basis of personality.
If you're not failing, you're not trying -- and that is our greatest risk. So let's fail our asses off. Take a piece of our universe and resurrect it, change it, shape it into something that no one's seen before.