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 #44: Montserrat College of Art

After our first “real” and downright spectacular Fourth of July weekend in Marblehead, I decided to stick close to home and head up the road to visit Montserrat College of Art. Montserrat’s home is the vibrant town of Beverly, Massachusetts and I had the opportunity there to spend some time with President Kurt Steinberg, and Dean…Continue readingPit Stop #44: Montserrat College of Art

Pit Stop #43: Bennington College

What do Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, and Bennington, Vermont have in common? Not a whole lot …except that each is home to an institution of higher education with a relationship to NECHE.. . and each happened to be on my visiting schedule in the past two weeks. You’ve read about Fulbright University Vietnam and…Continue readingPit Stop #43: Bennington College

Pit Stop #42: Sampoerna University

One of the things I particularly value in our NECHE members– and those institutions seeking to become members — is the incredible diversity of our group. And a trip like the one I’m now taking to the other side of the globe brings that diversity into full focus. After my formal staff visit to Fulbright University, I headed from Vietnam to Jakarta, Indonesia where I was treated to…Continue readingPit Stop #42: Sampoerna University

Pit Stop #41: Fulbright University Vietnam

My previous post on an international university in the process of seeking accreditation from NECHE emanated from a small town high up in the Swiss Alps. This week’s location could hardly be more different in terms of continent, culture, and climate–as I am in the sprawling city of Ho Chi Minh City in the Socialist…Continue readingPit Stop #41: Fulbright University Vietnam

Pit Stop #40: American Museum of Natural History

I suspect that most readers of this blog have, at some point in their lives, visited the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. As parents, we lassoed our young kids and brought them to this world-famous dazzler of a museum – a family ritual shared by millions, leaving vivid memories that linger…Continue readingPit Stop #40: American Museum of Natural History

Pit Stops #37, 38 & 39: Gerstner Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller University & Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

In December, I had the pleasure of visiting three New York institutions unlike any others I have experienced in my years in higher education: Rockefeller University, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory School of Biological Sciences. They have all been accredited by the New York State Board of Regents…Continue readingPit Stops #37, 38 & 39: Gerstner Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller University & Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Pit Stop #36: New England Institute of Technology

The afternoon after we visited Brown, we drove about twenty minutes south to the campus of the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT). At first blush, you would think Brown and NEIT –one, a famed member of the Ivy League and the other a technical university with its roots as a trade school– have absolutely nothing…Continue readingPit Stop #36: New England Institute of Technology

Pit Stop #35: Brown University

Brown University is doubtless known to every reader of this blog as one of the eight famed Ivy League colleges (four of which NECHE accredits). I happen to know Brown a little more personally, as my older daughter is a very proud 2008 graduate. Brown is renowned in higher education for its open curriculum, meaning…Continue readingPit Stop #35: Brown University

Pit Stop #34: Rhode Island School of Design

It’s clear to me now that every visit to a NECHE institution will enlighten and surprise me in some way, but today’s trip to the Rhode Island School of Design, or RISD, took the proverbial cake. For one thing, we don’t accredit many art schools, much less one of RISD’s reputation and caliber. We were…Continue readingPit Stop #34: Rhode Island School of Design

Pit Stop #33: Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) was Stop #3 on this Rhode Island road trip, but it was actually Stops #3 and #4, with a Stop #5 to come, as we hope to visit JWU’s North Carolina campus in the future. JWU is a fascinating institution with an equally fascinating history. Founded in 1914 by two women, Ms. Johnson and…Continue readingPit Stop #33: Johnson & Wales University