TURNING POINTS—Help the Colleges That Need Help

With billions of dollars already benefiting wealthy universities, you can help level the playing field for the institutions that serve most nontraditional students. The Elite Schools Don’t Need Your Money They’re loaded. If you graduated from Stanford, Harvard, University of Chicago, or the like, you and your fellow alumni have endowed your alma mater very … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Help the Colleges That Need Help

OPEN ADMISSIONS: Picking Up the Pieces

Our mistakes do not have to define us. They may well limit our futures, but here is a story about a man who has changed his life while in prison. https://portlandphoenix.me/degree-of-difficulty/?fbclid=IwAR1JtIlkC9RMP8OcG3wGLmGistSDmOsq0RGsnZUs0BIhk7-BgPynLmTpRm0  Brandon Brown's crime affected many individuals in harmful ways, for sure. But his story did not end there. The ripple effect of his profound … Continue reading OPEN ADMISSIONS: Picking Up the Pieces

TURNING POINTS—Faves of 2019

We’ve celebrated numerous published articles here that have shined light on important turning points in people’s lives. As readers know, these posts tend to focus on underappreciated contributions to life, especially as they relate to the most vulnerable among us. We all experience moments that matter, turning points in our lives--and other people often are … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Faves of 2019

TURNING POINTS—Fostering Persistence

Last year, I was fortunate to speak with faculty at Maryland’s Howard Community College about OPEN ADMISSIONS and the mission of teaching nontraditional students. HCC President Kate Hetherington’s praise for the book meant a lot to me, as did her invitation to address the faculty then to work with a small faculty group. I was … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Fostering Persistence

TURNING POINTS—Thanks Should Be Given Daily, But Posts Can Be Shared Less Frequently

Stigmas can change, as last week’s post suggested. I’ve seen that happen since I walked in the doors of a community college as a freshman, since I walked out of the same college’s doors after 38 years of counseling and teaching, and since the publication of a book that sings the praises of nontraditional students … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Thanks Should Be Given Daily, But Posts Can Be Shared Less Frequently

TURNING POINTS—Smart First Steps in Higher Education

Slowly but surely, stigmas about community college are being replaced by accurate (and positive) perspectives. Just ask admissions staff at Ivy League and other top tier schools about community colleges. In a recent New York Times article, Laura Pappano cites Williams College, Brown University, and Muhlenberg College as selective schools that are finding community college … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Smart First Steps in Higher Education