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.