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

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

Marketing, diversity and inclusion in #highered

It's 2015, right? One university's course catalog shows white men winning the race for success.

It’s 2015, right? One university’s course catalog shows white men winning the race for success.

On Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, the day before the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, a few of us higher ed types took to Twitter for a (mostly) weekly discussion known as #strategycar. The topic of that day’s chat had to do with how we portray diversity in higher education. Continue reading

College: Accessible but not so affordable

Most Americans think a college education is not affordable. (Image via Gallup.)

Most Americans think a college education is not affordable. (Image via Gallup.)

We’ve heard quite a bit of talk in recent years from academic and governmental leaders about the importance of making U.S. higher education more accessible and affordable to Americans. The White House has pledged to “make college more accessible, affordable, and attainable for all American families,” and President Obama has also pushed to make community college tuition-free. Also, college presidents have opined about the issue and what their institutions are doing to ensure that a college education is within reach of all U.S. families. Continue reading