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Incoming Text: “Hey, it’s me, college”

“Kids today don’t talk any more – they just text.” How many times have you heard or read some version of that sentiment recently? Like it or not, teenagers do communicate frequently through text messaging, and as communicators, we have to pay attention. That was on the mind of Houston ISD and University of Pittsburgh when […]

Student Loan Debt: Prison for Graduates

High (and rising) tuition prices and student loan debt are at the forefront of the American higher education conversation for good reason. The Institute for College Access & Success reports that 69 percent of graduates had an average of nearly $29,000 per borrower. Personally, I know more than a few handfuls of people with debt […]

#HigherEd: In Wake of Sweet Briar Closing, Important to Evaluate College Branding

For students, faculty, staff and alumni, news that Sweet Briar College is shutting down is heartbreaking. For single-sex and coed colleges nationwide that share Sweet Briar’s small, rural, liberal arts profile, it’s a warning. The shrinking pool of college applicants intensifies competition among schools that aren’t Ivy League, state flagships or well-known private colleges. Kids […]

Making it in the Real World Starts Before Graduation

If you’re a millennial like me, you’re probably getting pretty sick of other generations’ criticism. We’re too cocky, have talent without any work ethic and haven’t the slightest clue about how to fit into the “real” world. Sometimes I find myself throwing my hands up and saying “YOLO,” while other times I find myself on […]

Rally ‘Round the Presidents: College Leaders Express Optimism on Local Economies

By Christian Munson Last week, we tapped the economic recovery brakes big time. Unemployment ticked up to 9.1 percent. Manufacturing stalled, home prices slumped and Congressman Anthony Weiner reaffirmed the public’s confidence in our elected leadership when he tweeted his own stimulus package. As recovery screeched, however, one of my colleagues pointed me to a […]