Monthly Archives: October 2010

Is Earlham a Distinctive College?

October 18, 2010 In what ways does Earlham’s educational excellence lie in its distinctiveness?  We believe we are both excellent and distinctive, but are these the same?  Does one require or support the other? These questions are on our minds … Continue reading

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Graduation Rates: Against a Unit Record Data System

October 15, 2010 Over at Education Sector’s The Quick and the Ed, Ben Miller has a useful post about the American Institutes for Research’s new website CollegeMeasures.org.  The website draws on IPEDS data to give you rapid access to the … Continue reading

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Focus on Learning: Why Assessment Matters

October 11, 2010 Yesterday, the Chronicle of Higher Education posted a piece by Kevin Carey, Policy Director at Education Sector, an independent education think tank, entitled “Without Assessment, Great Teaching Stays Secret.” The focus of the piece is on University … Continue reading

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Our Far-Flung Alumni: Fadi Elsalameen (’05)

October 7, 2010 I just learned that Fadi Elsalameen (’05) is Research Fellow with the New America Foundation‘s American Strategy Program.  NAF describes itself as “nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address … Continue reading

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Qualities To Be Sought in a New College President: High Standards

October 5, 2010 A friend reads my list of qualities to be sought in a new college president and adds “have high standards, and experience working somewhere with high standards.” I agree.

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Death of a student

October 2, 2010 We’ve been a sad campus these last few days: a first year student took his life on Thursday afternoon. Even though he had only been on campus a few weeks, it’s striking how many people — especially … Continue reading

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Qualities To Be Sought in a New College President

October 2, 2010 With my announced retirement as Earlham’s President effective at the end of June, a search committee has begun the work of finding Earlham’s next President.  The search committee and the Board of Trustees are compiling a list … Continue reading

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