higher education

Commentary & Opinion
3:41 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Karen Hitchcock: The Meaning of a University

Earlier this month, David Brooks, the well-known New York Times columnist, published an op-ed entitled, “The Practical University”.  In the context of the rapidly-expanding world of online education, Mr. Brooks is correct when he states that we are forced to ask the question, “What is a university for?” His answer: “…universities are places where young people acquire two sorts of knowledge, technical… and practical.” To date, some 452 individuals have either submitted comments about Mr. Brooks’ answer to that question, or have weighed in themselves on this critical matter.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

North Country high school, university students advance to championship round of robotics competition

Team 4124 (above), one of the two FIRST Robotics teams sponsored by Clarkson University, was a regional winner at the BAE Systems/Granite State Regional in Manchester, N.H., on March 2 and will advance to the FRC Championship in St. Louis, Mo., in April.
Credit Clarkson University

Imagine this; two teams of three robots each are pitted against each other in an area to fling projectiles and climb to the top of a steel pyramid.

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Capital Region News
8:30 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Sage Colleges to name center after Newtown principal

Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, president of The Sage Colleges, congratulates bestselling author Anna Quindlen as she receives an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at The Sage Colleges' 95th Commencement, Saturday, May 12, 2012.
Credit The Sage Colleges

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York Capital District college plans to establish a new education center in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was a doctoral candidate in the college's educational leadership program.

Hochsprung, five other educators and 20 children were killed in the Dec. 14 mass shooting at the school in Newtown, Conn.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Vox Pop : College Admissions and Financial Aid : 1/23/13

Seniors document their last moments as undergraduate students at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York in May 2008
Credit Flickr / Nazareth College

Planning for college is the focus of today’s program, and certified educational planner Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk more about it.

As many of us have found, securing an acceptance letter to an institution of higher learning is often only half the battle – the other half involves funding the educational experience you hope to have there. We’ll have more on this from Lynell, who helps prepare students for these aspects of the college experience. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu January 10, 2013

"Back to School" by Mike Rose

Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves A Second Chance at Education is the first book to look at the schools that serve a growing population of “second-chancers,” exploring what higher education—in the fullest sense of the term—can offer our rapidly changing society.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Vox Pop : College Planning with Lynell Engelmeyer : 10/17/12

On this edition of Vox Pop, Lynell Engelmyer - certified educational planner with over twenty years of experience in college admissions and financial aid - joins us to talk college financial planning and admissions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

New York News
12:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Doug O’Brien

When some students go to college this fall, they will do so at a campus surrounded by farms and fields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with colleges in rural areas, providing funding to keep them up to date and competitive with larger, urban-based institutions. U.S.D.A. Deputy Undersecretary Doug O’Brien was at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the town of Johnstown yesterday to dedicate a new residence hall at the school, Raiders Hall. It was built with the help of 11-point three million dollars from the U.S.D.A.

Commentary & Opinion
3:09 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Karen Hitchcock: The Importance and Impact of the Arts in Education

This past weekend I, along with many other extremely fortunate citizens of the Capital Region, experienced a truly memorable event at RPI’s stunning Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center – or EMPAC.   Entitled John Brown’s Body, the event commemorated the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and was a partnership of the Albany Pro Musica and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust.  The music was sometimes haunting, sometimes a call-to-arms, sometimes ethereal, sometimes dirge-like, sometimes jubilant and, at all times, exquisitely beautiful.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Karen Hitchcock: Degree Programs in the U.S. - Do They Miss the Mark?

Over the last several months, concerns regarding our nation’s system of higher education have continued to escalate…concerns regarding cost, quality, rigor and, yes, even long-term value.  And, as we all know, the employment opportunities for recent graduates of our institutions of higher education, particularly those who have earned a baccalaureate degree, have decreased substantially, despite the fact that members of the nation’s high technology sector have stated that there are not sufficient numbers of U.S.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Karen Hitchcock: Affordability - The Need for a Paradigm Shift

In his State of the Union address this past January, President Obama warned the higher education community that, “If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down.”  Clearly, “affordability” of postsecondary education is a top priority of this administration.  President Obama went on to say that, “We can’t just keep subsidizing skyrocketing tuition, we’ll run out of money.  States need to do their part by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets.   And colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down."

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