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During the first few months of working from home we’ve all learned the good, the bad and the ugly about zoom calls. I’m a Western Massachusetts kid who grew-up with the PBS children’s show Zoom, so of course the theme song has been going through my head. But seriously, Zoom has allowed to me get […]

This was the last story I filmed as the coronavirus forced campuses to close. It seems almost vintage now – although I believe that we will get back to campus life again. It just may take a bit. In 2017 the University of St. Thomas started Dougherty Family College, a two-year institution on its downtown […]

“There are few issues that are more pressing for colleges and universities today than attending to the mental-health needs of their students,” says Virginia M. Ambler, vice president for student affairs at the College of William & Mary. At the heart of a new focus there on the multiple dimensions of well-being is the McLeod […]

Every once and a while I get asked to jump in on photo illustrations – usually close to deadline and usually it is because there is some sort of challenge. Photo editor Rose Engelland explained we needed to shoot two laptops on a couch. Hhhmmm, I thought. I was concerned about how this a dynamic […]

We traveled to Iowa, a state with lots of small colleges and a declining high-school population, to see how Central College, in Pella, is facing enrollment challenges. For the video, we tagged along with the admissions staff; talked to Carol Williamson, vice president for enrollment and student development; and sat down with President Mark Putnam […]

Students at Northeastern University, in Boston, all participate in its signature experience — a semester “co-op” in which they work full time for a semester. Presenting is often key to a successful work experience, but traditional workshops and classes did not seem to be helping computer-science majors blossom. “We always had a course on how […]

Closed mills from a bygone era stand over Waterville, Me., like sullen sentries. They remind some townspeople and visitors of more-prosperous times. But when David A. Greene, president of Colby College, arrived on the campus, in 2013, he saw a dilapidated town with huge potential. With Greene’s leadership, the liberal-arts college has pulled together the community and […]

Portland, Me., recently received hundreds of African asylum seekers who had found their way to the U.S. border. They were identified by an advocacy group and bused to the city, which is known for welcoming refugees. The University of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Community College, and Portland Adult Education are on the front lines of an effort to help these “New Mainers” […]

Young people leaving foster care and trying to break out of poverty have the odds stacked against them. They’ve witnessed or experienced traumatic events, and often moved among multiple homes and schools. Every year, some 20,000 of the nation’s nearly 450,000 foster kids age out of the system, encountering an abrupt end to support at […]

Amarillo College’s ‘No Excuses’ program for low-income students has made it a national model. Here is the story that reporter Katie Mangan and I did on the Texas Pan Handle school.

Toward the end of her seventh year as president of Montgomery College, in 2017, DeRionne P. Pollard was asked by a board member how she was doing. “I’m getting a little burned out,” said the leader of the three-campus community college in suburban Maryland. A dynamic speaker, a first-generation college graduate, a community leader, a […]

On January 19th, 2019 thousands marched down Pennsylvania Ave for the third annual Women’s March. Scenes around Trump International Hotel have become familiar icons of our times.

Nicole Lynn Lewis knows what it’s like to feel as if you don’t belong on a campus. As a teenage mom at the College of William & Mary she balanced the challenges of academe with rearing an infant daughter. Lewis finished her degree, but she concedes, “My story is rare.” As the nonprofit organization she […]

They barely make enough money to pay for college. Sometimes they have to choose between buying a textbook or buying food. Making rent, finding food, paying bills, raising a child, and dealing with abusive partners— these are some of the roadblocks many students face as they work toward earning their degrees. For this project five […]

It’s clear how a Microsoft regional director based in Singapore would be seen as a great catch for a university in a booming high-tech corridor, but that may not be the most important strength Astrid S. Tuminez brought to Utah Valley University when she became its president this past fall. Based in Orem, Utah, near the locally dubbed “Silicon […]

Taking a break from my usual work related posts to add a few vacation pics. As an undergrad I majored in geography and have always wanted to see the Andes so Janice and I signed-up for a Field Guides trip that included Machu Picchu and birding up and over the Abra Malaga Pass. The mountains […]

Courtney Connolly knows what it’s like to be on both sides of the recruiting table. Now a talent scout for a cloud-computing company, Connolly previously spent time in a campus career office after earning her master’s degree, in 2011. The different roles have given her perspective on how colleges and students should approach a career fair, […]

The shadows cast by sexual assault and harassment loom long after the behavior itself stops. That message has echoed across the #MeToo movement, and it has resounded with particular clarity in academe. Women who have experienced harassment have described its often-invisible professional repercussions — skipped conferences, spurned research opportunities, fractured personal networks. The Chronicle spoke with three women about […]

 How do you turn a shopping mall into a 21st-century classroom? For Austin Community College, in Texas, the answer includes lots of open space, a large computer lab, and a commitment to individual attention. In the college’s ACCelerator, which opened in 2014, instructors work with small groups of students, at their own pace, to […]

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 […]

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

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, […]

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.

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.