2014 Graduates Celebrate at Women's Colleges

There were lots of memorable pictures taken at women's college commencements this spring.  From decorated mortar boards  to reflections on the women they have become, recent graduates of women's colleges have lots to celebrate.

Women In Public Service Project Institute Supports Women Rebuilding Communities

The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute, co-hosted by Smith, Simmons, and Mount Holyoke colleges, welcomed 48 professional women who hailed from some of the most troubled areas of the world to receive mentoring and support in their work to rebuild their communities torn by war, political violence, and human rights violations.

 

Women’s Colleges and Transgender: Where Do Their Loyalties Lie?

Women's colleges were founded on progressive assumptions about inclusion and empowerment.  But they were also founded for specific beneficiaries: women.  But who counts as a woman? And is it possible for colleges to draw that line without redefining their missions of tolerance?

Katie Couric Presents Award to Columbia College Senior

Columbia College senior Emelin Garcia is a recipient of the first-ever Scholarship America Dream Award announced on May 23 on “Katie”, Katie Couric’s daytime television show. Emelin was among twelve student finalists welcomed by Katie Couric to the show, filmed earlier this week in New York City.

For Expert Women, Look to Women's Colleges

It makes a difference when you study at a college that empowers women, especially in a gendered world in which people still believe that they can’t identify qualified women across every field.

A Letter to My Granddaughter: Bossy Can Be Beautiful

The word "bossy" can certainly have a negative connotation, but young women today also have the chance to invest the word with all it means to be a leader.  Helen Drinan, President of Simmons College, encourages her granddaughter's generation to do just that.

Our Powers Combined

In the face of mounting financial challenges, some small colleges are hoping that -- together -- they can be as innovative in the online education space as the big guys.

The Council of Independent Colleges and the Teagle Foundation, which supports undergraduate education in arts and sciences, are among some of the organizations pushing for a liberal arts approach to online or hybrid education through recent initiatives that invite small colleges to work together and learn from one another.

Women’s Colleges Ahead in Educating First Gen, Lower Income Students

Women’s college presidents to share their expertise about serving first generation and post traditional students at today’s White House summit

Spelman President Beverly Tatum Wins a Carnegie Corporation Award

Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women, celebrates with President Beverly Tatum, who received one of four 2013 Academic Leadership Awards from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Established in 2005, the award honors university presidents who are resourceful administrators and who also exhibit an avid interest in the liberal arts. Other award winners were Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University; John Hennessy, president of Stanford University; and Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University.
Hear President Tatum’s interview on 12/9 on the PBS NewsHour.  

Mount Holyoke President Picked for NCAA Division III Board

In college athletics, Division I teams garner much of the attention, money and scandal associated with the NCAA. That leads to a spillover into the governance of smaller programs in Divisions II and III. That's according to Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, who was recently appointed to the NCAA Division III board. Pasquerella, who is a medical ethicist, says a solution to a Division I problem does not always make sense for schools like Mount Holyoke.

 

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