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Scott D Miller

'I'm Done With the Climbing Wall, Mr. President. Now Where's My Job?'

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 09.05.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

I have been a higher education professional for nearly three decades. I was a college vice president at age 25 and assumed my first presidency at 31....

Why Fundraising Matters in Higher Education

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 10.15.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

The news over the summer that Bethany College had reached the $47 million mark in gifts and pledges during our current $52 million capital campaign wa...

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.

The Relevance of Discussion on Liberal Arts Relevance

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

Apart from the obvious excitement of hiking through the Amazon or strolling in the world's greatest museums, defining exactly how a liberal arts background can be useful to career-focused graduates is more than an exercise in college marketing. It's the key to our survival as institutions.

Homecoming's Timeless Appeal

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

For one afternoon, win or lose at the stadium, all of the metrics and objectives, enrollment targets and spreadsheets of my job are left on the desk, replaced by a kaleidoscope called homecoming. And, yes, there is nothing like it.

Notes of a President: Freshman Orientation for the Millennial Class

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 10.23.2013 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

Watching our freshmen carry their boxes into their residence halls on move-in day, I am always reminded of what a daunting task we face each September as the custodians of this generation.

Unpacking the Agenda for the New Academic Year

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

We're on the downside of another busy summer at Bethany College. In just a few weeks, our students will return to campus and unpack their semester's worth of belongings in the residence halls.

What's Changed -- and Hasn't -- in the Coverage of Breaking News

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 06.26.2013 | Media
Dr. Scott D. Miller

Fifty years ago, in 1963, the media landscape was still dominated by the printed word, and by the imperative of getting the story right before it was published in early and final editions of America's newspapers.

MOOC-Covered Towers? Online Education's Coming Impact on Traditional College

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 03.28.2013 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

MOOCs pose some complex questions: What MOOC credits are transferable? From which other institutions will we accept them? How and by whom will such courses be evaluated for equivalency and quality with existing courses and degree requirements?

A College President's Christmas List

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 02.03.2013 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

Although we college presidents are often expected to play Santa to our multiple constituents, we also have holiday wishes of our own. I submit my Christmas list in hopes that Bethany College and our nation's other higher education institutions will be rewarded for being good this year.

When Strategic Planning Is the Best Planned Strategy

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 10.01.2012 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

The lessons at UVA are not lost on those of us in higher education, or on any executives who manage corporations and other complex organizations.

Containing Higher Education Costs at All Costs

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 09.09.2012 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

In the 2012 season of flowing academic regalia and stirring graduation addresses on campuses across the country, an unwelcome guest crashed the commencement party -- the cost of higher education.