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‘Rethinking Open Access’ Isn’t the Answer to the Completion Question

To the Editor:

I do not think that “rethinking access” or having community colleges become more selective of their students would be the most efficient solution for improving graduation rates (“Rethinking Open Access,” The Chronicle, September 15). Keeping out “unprepared students” should not be the answer to increase college-completion numbers. Most of these “unprepared students” are struggling academically due to the poor quality K-12 public education they received and the majority of …

Deresiewicz’s ‘Mischaracterizations’ Should Have Been Challenged

To the Editor:

I was very disappointed to read “‘Excellent Sheep’ Author Returns to Yale to Tend His Flock” (The Chronicle, September 26), which allowed William Deresiewicz to continue to completely mischaracterize the efforts we’re making to improve undergraduate education and the learning and development of our students for the four years that they’re at Harvard University. It was clear from Mr. Deresiewicz’s visit to Harvard this week that he had no idea what actually takes place on our campu…

‘There Is No Plot at Northridge to Silence Chicana/o Studies’

To the Editor:

In his September 24 letter to The Chronicle (“At Cal State Northridge, Who’s Doing the ‘Bullying’?”) Professor Acuña accuses California State University at Northridge of using civility to bully the Department of Chicana/o Studies into silence. The charge is not true. To the extent that truth is a characteristic of civility, President Harrison has encouraged all to be civil.

Initially, the deans did not consult adequately with the department about the establishment of a Center for …

Campaign Against Sexual Violence Should Engage More Colleges

To the Editor:

As I read “White House Plans to Roll Out Campaign Against Sexual Violence on Campuses” (The Chronicle, September 19), I could not help but pause for a moment on the aspect of the “It’s On Us” campaign’s being joined by student leaders on 200 campuses. What is going on with the other college campuses around the nation? I question how the White House is going to engage all college campuses to participate in the movement. The issue of sexual assault and violence is prevalent everywhe…

Teach All Students How to Succeed in a Demanding Learning Environment

To the Editor:

I read “New 11-University Alliance Plans Efforts to Help Graduate More Needy Students” (The Chronicle, September 16) with a combination of disappointment and confusion. While I was pleased to hear that 11 institutions are committed to improving graduation rates of underrepresented students, I would like to emphasize a point that Mark Becker (president of Georgia State University and vice chairman of the alliance) makes in the article: “The only way to do that is to broaden who p…

At Cal State Northridge, Who’s Doing the ‘Bullying’?

To the Editor:

The failure of the California State University at Northridge administration to respect the area of study and other department rights has caused tensions among ethnic-studies professors, who accuse the administration of trying to silence Chicana/o Studies. For months now the Chicana/o Studies department has been trying to tell its side of the argument over the university’s new partnership with the National Autonomous University of Mexico—a partnership the university established w…

Fossil-Fuel Divestment Isn’t a Sideshow—It’s Real Politics

To the Editor:

Last fall, in a letter to the Pomona College community, President David Oxtoby justified Pomona’s decision against fossil-fuel divestment. He explained that the financial costs would be enormous and, in his view, not worth the limited impact of symbolic politics. We can all respect that decision. Now he wants to say that divestment is not simply wrong for Pomona but for everyone (“Divestiture Is Nothing but a Distraction,” The Chronicle, September 15). This seems self-serving and …

Fostering Personal Relationships Can Help Improve Retention

To the Editor:

Now more than ever is there a call for low-cost methods to increase student engagement. With rising tuition now an unwavering trend and unemployment common amongst college graduates, there is a need to almost make it worthwhile for students to enroll into institutions of higher education. For years, education has not solely been about the academics, but instead the holistic experience. “The Power of the Personal” (The Chronicle, September 15) discusses the influential effects that…

Tech Companies Must Accommodate All Students’ Needs

To the Editor:

Postsecondary institutions are searching for the balance between emerging technologies and maximizing student success. “Companies Promise ‘Personalized Education’” (The Chronicle, September 15) gave an insight to what emerging technologies offer for institutions to track and manage student success. I struggled to see the long-term value of colleges’ relying on technology to track student success because of my own educational trajectory and student diversity. The article managed to…

Completion Strategies Must Accommodate Students’ Varying Needs

To the Editor:

“Uncluttering the Pathway to the Diploma” (The Chronicle, September 18) details a report by the Center for Community College Student Engage that synthesized the myriad of strategies offered to educators, each claiming to be most effective. I do not contest the data exposed by the report, such as the low completion rates, or the strategies recommended, such as accelerated remedial courses to help students quickly progress into college-level courses, for example. However, the lack o…