Most Recent Articles
July 10, 2015
Numerous companies have struck deals to help their employees attend college. Employers may help their workers more, Karen Gross argues, by paying off their existing student loan debt.
May 28, 2015
It's time for new ideas to confront an old problem: the gap between the wealthiest colleges and all others. Karen Gross offers several bound to stimulate an argument.
March 2, 2015
The life of the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh should inspire college presidents to speak out on tough issues, even at the risk of taking stands that will offend some, writes Karen Gross.
February 2, 2015
Karen Gross considers the implications of a marketing buy that most colleges could never even dream about.
March 21, 2014
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.
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.