News Archive

Top news stories provide timely information on emerging ideas and trends, groundbreaking research, and important events as they occur at many of America’s leading liberal arts colleges. Whether you are a journalist, student or prospective student, parent or adviser, researcher or other interested party, these top news stories reveal both the depth and range of educational disciplines and extracurricular activities at America’s best residential liberal arts colleges. They also highlight contributions made by faculty members, within their academic and scientific disciplines, in the larger communities, and on the national stage.


Bryn Mawr Senior Yashaswini Singh Speaks at Women in Public Service Project Conference

Bryn Mawr senior Yashaswini Singh will be speaking at “A Global Conversation: Women Leaders Responding to the United Nations General Assembly,” hosted by the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) and the U.N. General Assembly. On Monday, Sept. 24, the conference can be seen streaming live beginning at 6:20 p.m. EST.

Originally posted: September 23, 2012

Mellon Grant Supports Ursinus/Columbia Program on Core Curriculum

Two very different institutions that share a deep commitment to liberal arts education will work together on their core curricula, supported by a $300,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Originally posted: September 21, 2012

Ask the Experts: Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law

Scott Meinke, associate professor of political science, discusses the potential impact of Pennsylvania’s new controversial voter identification law, and what the state’s high court will likely consider as it debates the law’s merits.

Originally posted: September 14, 2012

Skills Gap? Employers and Colleges Point Fingers at Each Other

For much of the first decade of the new millennium, Samuel J. Palmisano and A.G. Lafley led two of the biggest names in American business: IBM and Procter & Gamble. By the time they were named chief executive officers, the two iconic companies were in need of the makeovers the two leaders eventually helped engineer. The two men have something else in common as well: They graduated from college with degrees in the liberal arts.

Originally posted: September 12, 2012

Professor Studies How Athletes ‘Sandbag’ Concussion Tests

Psychology professor Kristi Erdal has identified ways in which some athletes might cheat on a widely used test to assess concussions.

Originally posted: September 10, 2012

Amherst Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Diversity Case

In a show of support for the importance of diversity in higher education, Amherst College organized and led a group of other “highly selective” liberal arts schools from across the country in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fisher v. University of Texas case last month. The Court is scheduled in October to hear arguments in the case, which examines whether the University of Texas violated the U.S. Constitution and federal civil rights laws by using race as a factor in the school’s admission policy.

Originally posted: September 6, 2012

Worth the Investment?

Colorado College president Jill Tiefenthaler speaks on the value of a college degree in the Huffington Post.

Originally posted: August 30, 2012

We heart liberal arts

There’s a new study out called “The Value and Impact of the College Experience.” It reports good stuff about the liberal arts and sciences—things we already knew—but it’s fun to have a chance to crow about it.

Originally posted: August 27, 2012

Liberal Arts Alumni Better Prepared for Careers

When you’ve got a target on your back, you can run and hide—or you can commission a study. A group of liberal-arts colleges chose to do the latter, and now their leaders are trumpeting the results.

Originally posted: August 26, 2012

Navigating the college search

Many high school seniors will attend a college they’ve never heard of a year before they apply… and that’s a good thing, according to Rob Springall, dean of admissions at Bucknell University.

Originally posted: July 31, 2012

Researching Aging and Disease

Part of the Hobart and William Smith experience is the close-knit relationships formed between professors and students. For Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kristin Slade and Maria Mangine ’14, who are conducting research on proteins that have been linked to aging and disease, this is especially true.

Originally posted: July 27, 2012

Whitman to be part of a coalition advocating for the liberal arts in Washington state

Over 60 academic leaders met on July 19 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., to explore the idea of creating a new coalition of colleges that can communicate the importance of a liberal arts education.

Originally posted: July 25, 2012

Paul Ridley ’05 takes on the Arctic Ocean

For the second time in his young life, Paul Ridley ’05 is about to embark on an adventure that man has never before achieved. Ridley — who rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 — will be attempting the first nonstop, unsupported row across the Arctic Ocean with three other men.

Originally posted: July 9, 2012

Presidents Glassner and Schapiro defend higher ed in op-ed

Amid the national media hype that traditional colleges and universities are in crisis, President Barry Glassner asserts in an editorial for the Los Angeles Times that there is no emergency because classic higher education is invariably adaptable and unequivocally valuable.

Originally posted: July 3, 2012

Dean Cecilia Conrad to Direct MacArthur Fellows Program

Cecilia Conrad, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, has been selected to serve as Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, starting January 15, 2013.

Originally posted: June 21, 2012