About NECHE on the Road

As the new president of this venerable organization, I decided the best way I could fully understand the challenges and unique strengths of the schools we serve was to go out and see the institutions for myself, talk to their leaders, and even visit with some of their students. It’s a chance for me to learn about…Continue readingAbout NECHE on the Road

Pit Stop #55: United States Coast Guard Academy

Let’s start this post with a news quiz! Which New England college boasts: Well, you’ve seen the headline so I’m sure you correctly guessed the United States Coast Guard Academy, where my latest NECHE on the Road trip took me. Sadly, it was a very rainy day for our visit to campus, but that did not dampen…Continue readingPit Stop #55: United States Coast Guard Academy

Pit Stop #54: Asian University for Women

I have to admit that Bangladesh was never on my list of must-visit places, but after just a few days there, it’s absolutely on my must-visit-again list. And trust me, it’s not because I made this trip for the weather since as it turns out, I visited in the middle of monsoon season. (I’ll never complain…Continue readingPit Stop #54: Asian University for Women

Pit Stop #53: Colgate University

In mid-July, I had the opportunity to make my first visit to Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Hamilton is 240 miles due west of Boston (a gorgeous journey even on the interstate), but I opted to get off the highway for the last hour to take bucolic Route 20, as it meanders through even more…Continue readingPit Stop #53: Colgate University

Pit Stop #52: Sterling College

At the very end of July, I had the opportunity to travel north from Boston to the Green Mountain State. In light of all the disasters that have befallen the country since then, it might be a bit difficult to remember that during the second week of July, Vermont suffered a massive environmental crisis, with almost…Continue readingPit Stop #52: Sterling College

Pit Stop #51: Ralston College

Today, one reads story after story of colleges closing, but rarely if ever do we hear about new institutions of higher education starting up. Part of the reason that’s such a rare occurrence is that the obstacles facing such start-ups are immense, from regulatory and accreditation hurdles to declining demographics and the steep financial cost…Continue readingPit Stop #51: Ralston College

Pit Stop #50: Massachusetts School of Law

My own three years of law school weren’t exactly a picnic. I lived in a tiny, dark studio apartment, my girlfriend broke up with me, and I gained twenty pounds sitting around studying like a maniac. So you might suspect that visiting The Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, MA would be a triggering event.…Continue readingPit Stop #50: Massachusetts School of Law

Pit Stop #49: Roger Williams University

It’s always a treat to revisit the great, but not-so-large, state of Rhode Island. I grew up in Delaware, a state with a similar reputation for its grand quality and not-so-grand size, so Rhode Island always feels a bit familiar. This trip took me to Roger Williams University, with its main campus in the beautiful waterfront…Continue readingPit Stop #49: Roger Williams University

Pit Stop #48: Salve Regina University

On the heels of visiting St. Michael’s College in Vermont, I traveled south to another of NECHE’s liberal arts campuses, Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. One couldn’t ask for a more majestic setting for a college, as Salve’s 80-acre campus is literally perched on the cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, the…Continue readingPit Stop #48: Salve Regina University

Pit Stop #47: St. Michael’s College

I haven’t been on the road with NECHE since we visited the African Leadership University, so I welcomed the chance to make the drive north to visit St. Michael’s College (affectionately known as St. Mike’s) located just outside Burlington, Vermont. For a late February day, it was relatively balmy (41 degrees), but with almost no…Continue readingPit Stop #47: St. Michael’s College

Pit Stop #46: African Leadership College

(If you haven’t read my last African Leadership University blog, please do that first.) As I shared there, African Leadership University in Rwanda and African Leadership College in Mauritius are both part of the same overarching educational institution — but each is clearly deserving of its own post. Together, they were established to build upon the…Continue readingPit Stop #46: African Leadership College