A (slightly) new look for this blog

The new WordPress theme for this blog is appropriately titled Truly Minimal.

The new WordPress theme for this blog is appropriately titled Truly Minimal.

I’ve been playing around with different WordPress themes off and on over the past few weeks to find one that would replace the theme I have been using for years (Inuit). I wanted to stick to a minimalist theme — but one that was more readable than the Inuit theme and, just as important, free to use. I think I’ve found it with this theme, which is appropriately called Truly Minimal.

Moody’s higher hopes for #highered

What a difference a year has made for higher education.

It was only a year ago — in July 2014 — that credit-rating organization Moody’s Investor Services issued a negative rating for the U.S. higher education sector. Moody’s cited limited growth possibilities for higher education and continuing financial pressures as among the reasons for the grim outlook. Continue reading

Book review: In Defense of a Liberal Education

FullSizeRenderYou might pick up Fareed Zakaria’s latest book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, expecting a jeremiad against STEM education.

I certainly did. After all, my first exposure to the book was in the form of excerpts repackaged as op-eds accompanied by frightening headlines. (From the Washington Post: Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous. Step aside, heroin. This STEM education business is scary.) Continue reading

Branding and the blues

There are a lot of brands on our blue planet that use blue as a signature color. There are probably good reasons for that. For one thing, blue evokes trust and reliability, attributes that many brands want to be associated with. That’s probably the reason why GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler all use blue as a primary brand color.

Blue is a popular color for corporate brands. (Image via The Logo Factory (www.slideshare.net/TheLogoFactory/color-logoupload)

Blue is a popular color for corporate brands. (Image via The Logo Factory (www.slideshare.net/TheLogoFactory/color-logoupload)

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A reprieve for Sweet Briar College

On the heels of the announcement last March that Sweet Briar College would close due to “insurmountable financial challenges,” I wrote a brief post about alumnae efforts to keep the college open. They launched the #SaveSweetBriar campaign and set up a crowdfunding site in an attempt to raise $20 million toward a goal of $250 million to keep the college open. Continue reading