President’s Blog – Higher Education Matters:

Thoughts from Southern Vermont College President Karen Gross

Rinse and Repeat Does Not Work for College Admissions: A Call for Change

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Karen Gross

The standard approach to college admissions for vulnerable students is not working. Students who can succeed at four-year colleges are not getting there. It is time to rethink the approaches we’ve been using  read more

A different perspective: Three area school chiefs trade spaces for a day

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Karen Gross

Bennington Banner News

BENNINGTON — Three prominent female educators switched roles for a day on Monday, in order to see the challenges facing other institutions first hand.
Karen Gross, president of Southern Vermont College, Head of School Fran Bisselle of the Maple Street School in Manchester, and Head of School Trudy Hall of the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, each spent the day walking in the shoes of one of the others. read more

Football and Higher Education: Presidents Need to Speak Up and Speak Out

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Karen Gross

Here’s what I do not understand — and apparently I am in good company: Football player Ray Rice apparently physically harms his then-fiancée (now wife Janay Palmer Rice) in an elevator and is videotaped (for all to see) literally dragging her from that elevator. His punishment from the NFL is a two-game suspension (yes, two) and a salary forfeiture for a third game.

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The Student Loan Problem: The KISS Solution

Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Karen Gross

President Obama is right: A wider range of college graduates (and even
non-graduates) need a more effective way to pay down their student debt. Otherwise, the data show they will be hurting both themselves and the economy because low credit scores can inhibit employability and the capacity and willingness to borrow for homes and cars. In short, our economy will suffer if student borrowers do not find a reprieve from their vast student indebtedness. read more

What Is the Value of a Liberal Arts Education? The Answer Is an Open Book

Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Karen Gross

Efforts to explain why a “liberal arts” education matters keep falling short. The rising price tag for a “liberal” education, including the increasing level of student loan balances and defaults, has critics painting higher education as not worth the paper on which a diploma is printed. Limited employment opportunities add fuel to this fire. For individuals from foreign nations, the value of the liberal arts remains an enigma. read more