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First Steps Toward Going Public: Our Study at the Start of 2019

by Howard Gardner and Wendy Fischman So here we are, right at the edge of going public. It’s been nearly seven years since, with our esteemed colleague Richard Light, we conceived of a major—arguably the major—qualitative study of higher education in the United States in our time. From 2012-2018, with the support of a remarkably gifted […]

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“Takeaways” for College Presidents

As we enter 2019, our national study of higher education is in its 7th year! During these years, my colleagues and I have often been asked to speak publicly about our findings. But as long as we were still collecting data, this was not possible; and even after data collection has now been completed, we […]

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Peer Advising: Benefits and Challenges

by Alina Fein and Wendy Fischman In many ways, the African adage “it takes a village to raise a child” also applies to college-age students. In speaking with graduating students from many different institutions about their college experience, one would be hard-pressed to find a student who managed to get through the undergraduate years without any […]

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To Belong, or Not To Belong: That Is The Question

by Wendy Fischman What is the most transformative educational experience you have had to date? In our national study of higher education, we posed this question to individuals across 10 disparate colleges and universities. Students (incoming and graduating), faculty, young alums, trustees, parents, and job recruiters gave a predictable wide range of responses—specific college courses, […]

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Advising for Students: A Problem or Solution?

by Wendy Fischman Students go to college for various reasons. Some want to pursue a particular academic interest or passion, possibly one in which they may specialize thereafter in graduate school. For others, college is simply the obvious next step after high school; in the absence of a particular academic goal, they may want to […]

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