Category Archives: Mission

Protests Over Commencement Speakers

May 14, 2014 Christine Lagarde (IMF Chief) has withdrawn as Smith’s commencement speaker, Condoleeza Rice (W’s Secretary of State) has withdrawn as Rutgers’s speaker, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (women’s rights activist and critic of Islam) had her invitation to speak … Continue reading

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Constraints on Leadership: Missions, Roles and Values

April 3, 2014 “We must not suppose that those in authority are unaware …, but we must recognize that their liberty of action is often circumscribed by the nature of their office: the powerful are not necessarily free.” That quotation … Continue reading

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Unwinding

January 2, 2014 “Throughout the meal the two subjects remained the same: the superiority of entrepreneurs and the worthlessness of higher education.” from George Packer, The Unwinding (New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2013), p 397. The conversation being reported … Continue reading

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The Heart and Soul of a School

October 28, 2103 From the final report of visiting committee to Germantown Friends School with regard to its re-accreditation by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools: The classroom is the heart and soul of Germantown Friends School, a place where … Continue reading

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Global Education

February 5, 2013 Now out in Liberal Education, the main journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, an article I co-wrote with Grant Cornwell, Haifa Jamal Al-Lail and Celeste Schenk: “An Education for the Twenty-First Century: Stewardship of … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Future

May 25, 2012 Tyler Burkley Ryan is coming to Earlham next fall. He’s one of 51 members of the first graduating class of Soulsville Charter School in Memphis, TN.  Every one of those 51 is going to college somewhere. “Wow, … Continue reading

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The Idea of a Presbyterian College (2)

May 9, 2012 Inside Higher Ed this morning has a news piece about Davidson College entitled “A Presbyterian Presidency.” It raises the question again about what it means to be a Presbyterian college.  I’ve written about this recently. Davidson has … Continue reading

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