Hiring Grads: What’s Going On? Part IV

This is the fourth and final installment in a series on the purpose of higher education. In Part III, we saw that business’s hiring managers often are not getting the sort of specialized college graduates they want because college, generally speaking, is not the right place to train people for such narrowly designed work. And we saw that many top...
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Hiring Grads: What’s Going On? Part III

In Part I and Part II of this four-part series, we have been discussing the competing demands that business makes on the nation’s college graduates: on the one hand, hiring managers expect specialized workers to fill immediate needs; on the other hand, top executives expect independent, self-determining workers to adapt to change and take initiative. Now we ask, Why are both groups complaining that...
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Hiring Grads: What’s Going On? Part II

This is the second of four installments on the aims of higher education. In Part I of this four-part series we saw that top-level executives say they want independent thinkers and self-determining workers for their companies, whereas their hiring managers go after specialized workers who can perform narrowly targeted tasks. The attitude of the hiring managers has been in force...
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Hiring Grads: What’s Going On? Part I

This is the first installment of four on the aims of higher education. Last month two surveys were issued that drew some attention from reporters covering higher education. The first was called cla+: National Results, 2013-14. It was issued by the Council for Aid to Education, which in 2002 introduced a testing tool called the Collegiate Learning Assessment in order to measure...
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Myths About Attending College: Part III

In Part I and Part II of this series, we looked at the first six of nine myths about private colleges debunked by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Let’s finish now with the last three, after which I will say a few words about how these myths are harming prospective students, their parents, and higher education itself. Myth 7:...
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Myths About Attending College: Part I

College costs are out of control! Middle-class students will be financially ruined by going to college! Only the wealthy can afford a good liberal education! The hype about college costs has generated many myths about higher education, and has driven them deeply into the collective consciousness—where they are wreaking havoc with parents and students trying to make difficult decisions about...
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Season’s Greetings

Every semester the Freshman Chorus at St. John’s (in which ALL freshmen take part) gives a concert for the community. As a reminder of the beauty and wonder of the holiday season, please enjoy a few minutes of musical refreshment. Happy holidays, and best wishes for the New Year!...
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Inspiration

The year is once again coming to a close. We take time at the holidays to leave work behind and reconnect with family and friends. Let us try to remember to carve out a little time for quiet—to silently stare at a crackling fire, to sip a warm drink while watching children and pets play in the glistening snow, to gaze...
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