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

TURNING POINTS—Learning Perspective

Real education is transformative. For nontraditional college student Gina Barreca, it added to and changed her perspective. The curious and open-minded Brooklyn kid moved from one learning experience to another, and today she is a professor of English at University of Connecticut and a highly regarded author. Her writing can be very funny, and I … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Learning Perspective

TURNING POINTS—Gone Fishin’

That’s a photo of a young woman who inspires me by her ability to fish and to, well, inspire. I wrote about Deidrah Stanchfield earlier this year. https://nedbachus.com/2019/02/20/turning-points-healing-pillars-for-programs-and-for-people/ They used to call the legendary James Brown the “hardest working man in show business,” and Deidrah earns that sort of title in several categories, including but … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Gone Fishin’

TURNING POINTS—The Changing Face (And Focus) of Philanthropy

Earlier this year, we looked at contributions to higher education. Each year, individuals and organizations donate enormous amounts of money to colleges and universities—sometimes with the intention of benefiting nontraditional students. The problem, as Malcolm Gladwell has pointed out https://www.huffpost.com/entry/malcolm-gladwell-revisionist-history_n_578d2c6fe4b0c53d5cfa79e0 is that little of the money gets to the colleges (and cutting edge faculty) who … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—The Changing Face (And Focus) of Philanthropy