New York-area higher ed leaders recall a tragic day
Every American can recall where they were on September 11, 2001 when hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in D.C., and a field in rural Pennsylvania. The day brought families, communities, and the nation together in mourning for, and later remembrance of, those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. For administrators at New York City higher ed institutions, Sept. 11 brought the monumental task of organizing memorial services, setting up aid for the university and community population, and implementing emergency policy changes.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 1:31pm
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is the Blanche DuBois of Pennsylvania higher education. Like Tennessee Williams' tragic heroine in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the university is both alluring and fragile. Despite all efforts to keep up appearances—and some illusions of grandeur—its past threatens to overwhelm its shaky present.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 09/11/2013 - 2:34pm
Facing skeptical customers, declining enrollment, an antiquated financial model that is hemorrhaging money, and new kinds of low-cost competition, some U.S. universities and colleges may be going the way of the music and journalism industries.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 2:48pm
Jackson Community College (Mich.) is moving ahead with plans to drop the word “community” from its name because it now offers some four-year degrees. The college also hopes to lure more international students.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 1:28pm
Students imagine a number of outcomes when they enroll in a course of study, but the one that probably doesn’t occur to them is the possibility they’ll show up to class and find their college closed. That is what happened to students in Connecticut and Rhode Island attending Butler Business School and Sawyer School.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 9:21am
Officials estimate it will take tens of millions of dollars to repair damage caused by Sunday’s tornado at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. The College Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to allow the higher education commissioner, Hank M. Bounds, to sign contracts and take other actions without board approval to help the 16,000-student university recover.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:19am
With budgets still tight and a workforce still lean, some higher ed institutions, including Houston Community College and Onondaga Community College (N.Y.), are applying an old approach that allows them to do more with less: cross-training.