higher education

Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Thursday named their new president, Gregory Vincent.

He is described as a national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture, Vincent currently serves at The University of Texas at Austin as Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership and Professor of Law.

Vincent is also a 1983 graduate of Hobart and William Smith.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Will New York's first-in-the-nation free tuition program for middle-class college students spread to other states?

That's the hope of proponents such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who made debt-free college a key talking point in their Democratic presidential campaigns. And that's the prediction of its main champion, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called the plan a "model for the nation."

College presidents sound off on free tuition

Apr 10, 2017

Representatives from private and public schools are reacting to the proposal in the new state budget that provides free tuition at public colleges and universities for middle classe students.

Daan Braveman is president at Nazareth College, a private school.

He argues the free tuition through the Excelsior Scholarship program is not as robust as media reports make it out to be, and private schools recognize the need to make college accessible and affordable.

Braveman says private schools educate as many people from poor families as the four year public schools.

Are college campuses infantilizing students by teaching them to shut out any speech they don't like? A growing number of academics -- from the right, yes, but also from the political left -- say yes.

RIT is hosting a symposium this week that focuses on the value of free speech for everyone on campus. And while RIT's Joseph Fornieri acknowledges that his own views lean left, he is a staunch defender of the value of hearing all points of view.

We discuss recent incidents on campuses, as well as the debate over who should be welcome to speak. Our guests:

  • Alan Charles Kors, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
  • Joe Fornieri, professor of political science and director of RIT’s Center for Statesmanship, Law and Liberty
  • Richard Feldman, professor of philosophy, and dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering at the University of Rochester
  • David Primo, associate professor of political science and business administration, and associate department chair and director of graduate studies at the University of Rochester

A report card was released this week and the grades given out reflect more than just the work of students. On this edition of Need to Know, we’ll discuss why these grades matter to our community and what’s in the pipeline to help change the trajectory for Rochester kids.

Also on the show, how do you teach Trump, Clinton, vote-rigging accusations and more in higher education? Local college students are weighing in and speaking out about Election 2016 in class and in our studio.

And we’re going Inside the Newsroom here at WXXI where a special New York radio collaboration explores pocketbook issues for upstate residents.

Recently, we heard from Nazareth College President Daan Braveman, who wanted to stress the point that the cost of college is not rising as quickly as many people seem to think. That's because the sticker price is not the same as the actual price most students pay.

But University of Rochester graduate and author Kevin Connell counters that there is indeed a crisis in higher education. His new book, Breaking Point, is being released, and Connell is back in Rochester for a book talk. First, he joins us on Connections to discuss the problems he sees, along with possible solutions.

When Nazareth College President Daan Braveman said on a recent show that the cost of college is not rising as much as people think, many listeners called or wrote to the program, asking for clarification.

We look at the facts: actual price versus sticker price. Help for low-income families. Needs-blind admissions. The impact of schools being pushed to have much nicer amenities. In the end, we hope to have a clearer picture about the cost of higher education for students, families, and taxpayers. Our guests:

  • Daan Braveman, president of Nazareth College
  • Ian Mortimer, vice president for enrollment management at Nazareth College

In its welcome letter to incoming freshmen, the University of Chicago told students it does not support trigger warnings or safe spaces.

We discuss the debate over balancing academic freedom and student health and safety with representatives from local colleges.

  • Dr. M. Elizabeth Thorpe, assistant professor of communications at the College at Brockport
  • Dr. Linda Ross, associate professor of psychology at Finger Lakes Community College
  • Christina Hoff Sommers, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

Millennials are having less sex than any generation in 60 years. Does this mean that the stereotypes are wrong? What's behind it?

It's interesting timing because students are heading back to college, where -- surprise! -- not as many students are having sex as incoming freshmen tend to think. That's the backdrop to our discussion with Nora Bradbury Haehl, a veteran of youth ministry and the co-author of The Freshman Survival Guide. Her book is the Christian-based advice guide that defies most stereotypes of Christian advice guides.

From sex and relationships to cheating on exams, from respecting people of different backgrounds to mental health, we discuss how incoming freshmen see their new world.

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

About 1,300 University of Rochester new and incoming students  were all around the Rochester Monday as part of the annual Wilson Day activities.

That’s an event that’s been going on for more than 25 years, where the students go out to help a number of community agencies with everything from gardening to interacting with seniors.

U of R president Joel Seligman notes that Wilson Day was named after a founder of  Xerox, Joseph Wilson.