Student loan debt and defaults are real problems -- but let's impose solutions that improve access for low-income students rather than scare them off, Karen Gross argues.
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August 23, 2013
It's hard to argue with President Obama's analysis of higher education's problems, writes Karen Gross, but his proposed solution -- a system for rating colleges -- must be crafted very carefully.
April 27, 2010
Karen Gross looks to an old strategy -- the links between boarding schools and elite colleges -- as a possible alternative to today’s flawed admissions system for private colleges.
September 15, 2009
A trip to the movie theater and an offhanded comment from an employee prompt Karen Gross to reflect on the similarities between cooking and presiding over a college.
May 26, 2009
On a personal note: My students this semester knew I was writing about my experience teaching while serving as a college president. Several times as we approached the end of the term, I shared with them that I had learned a lot this semester and would miss them. One student in the class expressed surprise -- he had not thought about my learning during the semester. This last column is an effort to explain something about the co-learning that transpired. In a sense, this is a “thank-you” note to my students. ***
March 16, 2009
In Part II of her series on a president returning to the classroom, Karen Gross offers early reflections on faculty roles and rewards, viral communication, and creating critical thinkers.
January 23, 2009
Karen Gross explains her reasons for teaching an undergraduate course beginning this week.
June 3, 2008
Many years ago, I was at a New York Philharmonic concert with my husband. Isaac Stern was performing, and given his age, I was thrilled to be in the audience. I had a similar reaction each time I watched Leonard Bernstein conduct in his later years. I thought each performance might be his last. In the middle of the second movement of the first piece, Stern, seated next to the conductor, just stopped playing. Literally. A hush fell over the auditorium. The orchestra’s sound petered out – instrument by instrument. The audience had that “what just happened?” look.
July 13, 2007
Karen Gross looks back at what she learned and offers suggestions to other would-be college chief executives.
November 7, 2006
Karen Gross, Southern Vermont’s new president, aims to make her formal debut more than a one-off event. And you can join in.