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Recent AICUP Op-Eds

The following are recent op-eds from around the state written by AICUP member presidents. If you would like to submit an op-ed to be added to this site, please contact Donna Klinger at klinger@aicup.org.


March 2017

From Steel Valley to Silicon Valley: Football Lessons

Christopher Howard, President of Robert Morris University


Why Top Colleges Are Teaming Up to Educate the Next Generation

Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College


February 2017

Wolf Is Wrong to Cut State Aid to Private Colleges

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University


Higher Education Budget Unfair, Misguided

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Thomas Flynn, President of Alvernia University

Lex McMillan, President of Albright College


Lincoln's Legacy and a New Generation of Leadership

Janet Morgan Riggs, President of Gettysburg College


Knox Knock, Knock Knocking at NFL Hall of Fame's Door

Jim Troha, President of Juniata College


Do Deans Make Better Presidents Than Provosts?

Carl J. Strikwerda, President of Elizabethtown College



December 2016

What 'Grit' Means for College Educators

Daniel R. Poterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College


Higher Ed Pivotal to Meeting Workforce Needs

Christopher B. Howard, President of Robert Morris University


November 2016

Welcome to the Trust Lab

Brock Blomberg, President of Ursinus College


Here's How Universities Can Help Foster Civil Discourse in the Trump Era

Thomas P. Foley, President of Mount Aloysius College


Making America Great Through Knowledge, Love and Respect

Thoms F. Flynn, President of Alvernia University


Now More Than Ever, We Need Civility in Our Politics

James H. Mullen, President of Allegheny College


Pittsburgh Comes Together Around Veterans

Christopher B. Howard, President of Robert Morris University


October 2016

Universities Are Not 'Trade Schools,' But They Should Prepare Students for the Workforce

Christopher B. Howard, President of Robert Morris University


September 2016

Misericordia Students Provide 'Valuable Gift' to Community Through Service Learning

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University


For College Students, Summer Is an Opportunity to Intensify Learning

Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College


The Way You Start and Finish Your Education Has a Huge Impact on Future Success

Thomas P. Foley, President of Mount Aloysius College


August 2016

Let Private Colleges Help Strengthen Federal Aid Plan

Robert G. Duffett, President of Eastern University


Forbes Fails to Appreciate Mission-Driven Institutions Such As Misericordia

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University


Lessons on the Path to the Presidency

Carmen Twillie Ambar, President of Cedar Crest College


July 2016

Need for Living Wage Tests Community's Resolve

Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President of University of Scranton


Put Colleges to Work on Region's Most Vexing Problems

Julie E. Wollman, President of Widener University


Debt Crisis Exaggerated; College Still Worth the Investment

Lex O. McMillan III, President of Albright College


Higher Education's Mission Is to Educate, Not Compete

Thomas Botzman, President of Misericordia University


June 2016

The Visit Every Female College Applicant Should Make

Kimberly Cassidy, President of Bryn Mawr College


May 2016

Bringing Business and Higher Education Together for the Common Good

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University


April 2016

Putting the 'U' in Civic Engagement

Christopher B. Howard, President of Robert Morris University


Overtime Proposal Could Harm Colleges, Other Nonprofits

Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., President of Misericordia University


Free College Tuition Is Too Good to Be True 

L. Jay Lemons, President of Susquehanna University


Helping Students Find Their Calling 

Bryon L. Grigsby, President of Moravian College


March 2016

Four Ways Talented 20-Somethings Are Building Great Careers 

Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College


Business Principals Are Important for College Presidents 

Christopher B. Howard, President of Robert Morris University


One Philanthropist's Approach to Helping the Students of Rural America 

Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College


February 2016

Prevent Federal Government Overreach from Crippling College Accreditation 

Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., President of Misericordia University


Football: Fix It to Save It 

Thomas P. Foley, President of Mount Aloysius College


Four Classes That Show the Value of the Liberal Arts 

Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College


January 2016

Florida's Leaders Wrong About Liberal Arts 

Janet Riggs, President of Gettysburg College


Colleges Can Set Example for Culture of Respect 

John Williams, President of Muhlenberg College


As We Remember Dr. King, Students Show the Power of Pro-Speech Protest  

Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College


Federal Government Oversteps into Higher Education Accreditation 

Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., President of Misericordia University


When Talk Grows Cheap on Campus, Maybe It's Time to Try Listening  

John Williams, President of Muhlenberg College


College Campuses Should Be Models of Inclusion 

Thomas F. Flynn, President of Alvernia University


December 2015

Walking With Change Makers: One College President's New Year's Resolution 

Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College


Colleges Can Take Steps to Reduce Student Debt 

Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College


November 2015

Small Colleges Need Competitive Edge to Survive 

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University


Finding Human Dimension in Refugee Crisis Up 

Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President of University of Scranton


Obama's College Scorecard Doesn't Measure Up 

Paul J. McNulty, President of Grove City College


Here's How Higher Education Can Play a Role in Preventing Mass Shootings 

Thomas P. Foley, President of Mount Aloysius College


Misericordia University Expands Opportunities for Degree-Seeking Women with Children 

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University


October 2015

Should School Keep Crusader Nickname? 

Jay Lemons, President of Susquehanna University


Crucial Higher Education Issues: The Elevator Speech 

Carl Strikwerda, President of Elizabethtown College


Loss of Perkins Loan Will Hurt Those Most in Need

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University 


Rosemont College Takes a Stand by Cutting Tuition

Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, President of Rosemont College

September 2015

College Rankings Crush Liberal Arts Education. It's Time to Revalue It.

Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin and Marshall College


College Scorecard Only Provides Snapshot of School Profiles

Carmen Twillie Ambar, President of Cedar Crest College


Populist, Not Progressive

Don Francis, President of Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania


Higher Education Works Together to Make College Even More Accessible

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University

August 2015

Spirit of the Pell Grant Under Attack by Federal Budget Proposals

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University


July 2015

Why Small Cities and Colleges Must Embrace the Knowledge Economy

Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin and Marshall College

College Cost Within Reach, Worth Expense
David L. Coppola, President of Keystone College

The Kids Are Alright
L. Jay Lemons, President of Susquehanna University

U.S. Department of Education Does an About Face on the Proposed Federal Ratings System
Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University

No Equal in the World: Leadership Advice for New College Presidents
L. Jay Lemons, President of Susquehanna University

June 2015

To Ease the Burden of Loan Debt, Invest in PA Students

Don Francis, President of AICUP

May 2015

Keep Both Eyes Open and Keep on Learning

Carl Strikwerda, President of Elizabethtown College

March 2015

Cedar Crest Answers Higher Education's Wake-up Call

Carmen Twillie Ambar, President of Cedar Crest College

February 2015

Solid Academics, Experiences in College Lead to Engaging Careers, Personal Well-being

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University

In Case You're Wondering, 'Is College Worth It?'
Don Francis, President of AICUP

January 2015

Boost Pell Grants Instead of Free Community College

Robert G. Duffett, President of Eastern University

December 2014

Study Away Programs Provide Invaluable Experiential Learning to Students

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University

November 2014

A Legacy Upheld: Why We Honor Those Who Served

Tom Foley, President of Mt Aloysius College

October 2014

To Accomplish Mission, Academia Needs Economic Diversity

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University

June 2014

Support the Ready to Succeed Program

James Harris III, President of Widener University

May 2014

Make College More Affordable

Gregory Dell'Omo, President of Robert Morris University

Corbett's 'Ready to Succeed' Plan Increases Access for Pa. Students
Lewis Thayne, President of Lebanon Valley College

April 2014

Online Classes Boost Students' Learning Opportunities
Carmen Twillie Ambar, President of Cedar Crest College

The Real Box Score
Tom Foley, President of Mount Aloysius College

March 2014

Future Looks Bright As Governments Invest in Education

Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University

Scholarships Develop Future Leaders
Thomas Flynn, President of Alvernia University

Proposed Scorecard for Higher Ed Misses the Mark
Thomas J. Botzman, President of Misericordia University

January 2014

The Gold Standard: The Powerful Impact of Residential Liberal Arts Colleges

L. Jay Lemons, President of Susquehanna University

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