The Office of the Provost would like to share relevant news about higher education. We hope that these articles contribute thoughtful dialogue among the Grand Valley Community.


Provost Davis identified several articles and publications in her remarks at Fall 2015 opening meetings for the colleges/units. The list below contains links to these documents.


Anders, George “That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket.” Forbes. July 29, 2015.  Anders Article

Beecroft, Alexander. “Defenses of the Humanities: The Two Cultures.” A New Deal for the Humanities: (blog).  Beecroft Article

“Gallup: 'No Evidence' Bachelor's Degrees Lead to Lifelong Learning,” Education Advisory Board, July 31, 2015.  EAB Article

Johnson, Robert E., “The Future is Now: Educating Students to Thrive in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous World.” In Presidential Perspectives: Inspirational Innovation, Aramark, 2015.  Johnson Article

Lumina Foundation. Focus, Indianapolis, IN: Lumina Foundation, 2015. Spring. Lumina Foundation Article

Pappano, Laura, “First-Generation Students Unite.” New York Times. April 8, 2015. Pappano Article

Schneider, Carol.  “Making Excellence Inclusive: Liberal Education and America’s Promise.”  Liberal Education. 100, no. 4 (2014).  Schneider Article

Selingo, Jeffrey.  “Why are So Many College Students Failing to Gain Job Skills Before Graduation?”  Washington Post.  January 26, 2015.  Selingo Article

Sullivan, Daniel, “The Sustainable College: Thriving and Serving the Nation in the 21st Century.” Trusteeship Magazine. 23, no. 3 (2015). Sullivan Article

Tough, Paul. "Am I Supposed to Be Here? Am I Good Enough?” New York Times Magazine May 18, 2014.  Tough Article

“Rethinking College” is a series from the PBS NewsHour that looks at efforts on campuses across the country to help students get through college.  Below are links to the videos:

How community colleges can help close the graduation gap

Does early college for high school students pave a path to graduation?

Why poor students drop out even when financial aid covers the cost

After trying everything to increase graduation rates, this college is cutting back

Watch all segments by visiting:


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