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Running Out of Time In The Land of Opportunity

Over the past few years I have gotten to know several amazing “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children illegally by their parents. Sadhana Singh is one whose dignity and charisma makes an impression with all those she meets. I have known Sadhana for a couple years through interviewing students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  and when she told me about the young man she is dating, a Haitian with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) I thought that they would be good subjects to show the real side of the immigration stalemate. As you can read they are getting ready to move on and make the most of their lives.

Adult Student cover shoot

The latest Chronicle of Higher Education report is out, this one on adult students is by Goldie Blumenstyk.

Facing Anxiety

Anxiety eclipses depression among college students, and the number who say it’s overwhelming them is on the rise. Campus counseling centers confront many challenges in trying to serve students, not the least of which is that mental health still has a stigma on campuses.

Here are the voices of five students explaining how they cope, what they’d like their professors to know, and what their peers need to hear. Sharing their stories, they hope, will lead to more open discussion of the daily struggles students face, and the support that could help them thrive.

‘Dreamers’ Make Desperate Plea on Capitol Hill

Trying to leverage sympathetic democratic senators, DACA recipients and their supports staged days of sit-ins and peaceful protests hoping to get a clean vote on the Dream Act. Here is a link to the photo essay from one day on Capitol Hill.

A New High-Tech Learning Center Changed How These Professors Teach

When the Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center opened this fall at the University of Maryland at College Park, students were not the only ones learning.

A College Town Takes On Its History and the Alt-Right

It’s hard to separate a college from the college town – or in this case the University of Virginia from Charlottesville. Here even the mayor is an adjunct professor. So as the town braces for what could be a significant gathering of the alt-right on August 12th residents talked about how they got to where they are today – and the difficult discussions about race that need to happen.

Thinking about School Choice


I’d been thinking about school choice and how to possible explore the issue. K-12 isn’t usually part of our mission since we focus on higher education, but when the U. Rochester mentioned this program in a pitch to interview their president, I had to find out more. There continue to be significant challenges for this community, but seemingly tuning out the current political rhetoric, these educators of focused on how to improve the lives of their inner-city youth.