Do our students think that their liberal education proves valuable in regard to their careers and finances in later life? A purely economic indicator seems to show that their answer to that question is Yes.
Perhaps we should step back and reexamine our criteria for commencement success. I believe forgoing a famous external speaker makes it possible to celebrate the day more fully, because it keeps the focus where it belongs.
College and university officials must learn better how to communicate to audiences that are different from and react differently to the message that they deliver. Communication is the vehicle through which the case is made, relevancy is determined, and a future is assured.
Given the enormous changes, challenges and opportunities facing the entire educational industry and every individual college, a critical foundation of effective organizational stewardship that will foster the imperatives of change is harmony.
This is a volatile time for college presidents, who are under intense pressure from their boards and the government to modernize rapidly amid a revolution in online learning, information technology, and global education.
Although many presidents are reluctant to voice their opinions in public, for fear of offending key constituents (donors and/or legislators), I see little reason to decline an opportunity for using the "bully pulpit" of our offices.
This year's commercials ranged from a close-up shot of an extended kiss between a nerd and a supermodel to a modern riff on the classic 'lady washing a soapy car,' to two female actors sensually dancing on poles to plug their sitcom. And then there was the halftime show.
I don't suspect that the call to action on gun safety is the start of presidents speaking out on every issue the country faces. In fact, on most of those issues, I am pretty certain we wouldn't agree. But on this one, we do agree and we have chosen to speak.
I decided that Dr. Kent Smith, the new president of Langston University, was the logical choice for the first interview for "Diverse Conversations." Recently, I sat down with him to talk about the first eight months of his presidency.
President Obama often quotes Dr. King's statement that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Now is the time for each of us to demonstrate the truth of this statement, not by our words but by our actions. We can do something about guns.
Given the amount of time and money invested in presidential searches, and the cost of failure, I'm convinced that the time is ripe for executive search professionals to reexamine how they approach their work and to make adjustments as warranted.
Anticipating my reaction to leaving the campus that I had been leading for 13 years, the provost said, "No, you're not leaving Delhi. We want you to be president of both campuses." This unconventional move was inspired by a mandate across SUNY to do more with less.