President’s Blog – Higher Education Matters:

Thoughts from Southern Vermont College President Karen Gross

Ten ways to make college more friendly to veterans

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Karen Gross

As we reflect on the diversity of students enrolling in America’s colleges and universities, our attention must turn to our veterans, especially those who have recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of us currently serving as college presidents and trustees are Baby Boomers who haven’t served in the military, and some of us are a product of the Vietnam protest era. Read more

President Gross’s Response to: Should Student Loan Holders Be Able to Refinance?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Karen Gross

The simple answer to Fawn Johnson’s posited question “Should Student Loan Holders be able to Refinance” is: yes. The answer to the more complex question “Are Student Loans like all other Consumer Loans” is: it depends. (SCROLL DOWN TO  READ MORE)

Warren Recommendation on Student Debt: What Will Work to Help America’s Students?

Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Karen Gross

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has had concerns about student debt for decades. Her recent solution seeks to redistribute tax revenue from the richest Americans to enable students to refinance their post-graduation indebtedness; this would allow students to benefit from the low interest rates in today’s financial markets. The Massachusetts Democrat is right in noting that the inability of students to refinance—as opposed to consolidate—debt takes away a valuable tool in the repayment arsenal. READ MORE

Bringing Our Best Selves to the Table: A Responsibility We Owe to Our Students

Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Karen Gross

Some individuals who have lived through serious tragic or traumatic events are able to rise above the fray and help others in richer and more fulsome ways. Think about the Boston Marathon survivors. Think about Nelson Mandela. Think about Christopher Reeves.

Examples abound. I just finished Tom Greene’s newest novel, The Headmaster’s Wife, born out of his personal tragedy and trauma; he was able to create and then share a story, a disguised version of real life events, which is at once moving and uplifting.  Read more

The Impact of Speaking Out: When Silence Stopped Being Golden

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by Karen Gross

Many women of my generation grew up learning to be quiet. For real. We were told when we were young that children were meant to be seen, not heard. Then, as we approached college age, with the start of the Vietnam War and the Women’s Movement, we started to see the value of both having a voice and having that voice heard. But, that proverbial but….read more