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PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Over the last few years there has been a marked increase in attention given to college affordability. As the cost of higher education (both public and private) has continued to climb, and as the prospects for economic growth continue to dim, many have wondered about the value of an undergraduate degree. Despite this disquiet about…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Education depends fundamentally on our ability to generate optimism and find reasonable (defensible) ways to sustain it. When our faith in the future is shaken, whether it be by technologies we don’t understand, economic competition that undermines job security, or by cultural forms that challenge our sense of identity, when our faith in the future…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

I am spending a good part of the summer off campus, doing research for a book on why liberal education matters. Recently I’ve been reading Thomas Jefferson and also some of his contemporaries. The political importance of education has rarely found as powerful a proponent as Jefferson, one of whose proudest achievements was founding the University…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

A current debate about higher education seems actually to be an old one: practical science training vs. general education in the liberal arts. The contrast persists in the public mind even though the sciences are part of the liberal arts, and even though the best science education usually includes the arts and humanities. Two heavyweights,…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

A current debate about higher education seems actually to be an old one: practical science training vs. general education in the liberal arts. The contrast persists in the public mind even though the sciences are part of the liberal arts, and even though the best science education usually includes the arts and humanities. Two heavyweights,…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Like many students, when I began my college education, I had little idea of what course of study would best respond to my interests and hopes. I chose some history classes that sounded familiar themes, looked to the sciences and humanities for ideas not explored by my large public high school, and harbored hopes that…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Recently I wrote to the Wesleyan community about our focus on building the endowment over the next decade. I indicated that our goal now is to direct no more than 25 percent of gift income toward operating expenses. This is a significant change—past practice was more or less 25% endowment and 75% operations. Our new…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

I am writing this column after meeting new and returning students full of infectious energy and optimism. I feel less like a rookie at the outset of my third year, which means less time playing catch–up, and have spent the last few months thinking about a framework for planning the next decade at Wesleyan—an exercise…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

The 2008–09 year began with triumph and fanfare as we celebrated a Tony Award-winning production on Broadway. As the year ended, we were shaken by the tragedy of the murder of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10. In these instances and throughout the rest of the year, I was inspired by the depth and energy of the extended…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

I spent a significant part of my first year as president planning changes to the economic foundation of the university so as to ensure that we develop the capacity for enhancing our leadership position in higher education. We have been planning a fundraising campaign to increase our endowment, and we have been examining our budget…