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“It is clear to me that higher education has become a public necessity in ways it wasn’t even 20 years ago. Recent studies document the importance of having a degree to find one’s first job and then build a career, and — less tangibly — to build a purposeful and satisfying life.” academic best practices put forth, MBC already has many pieces in place: our college-wide learning goals; our multi-step cumulative learning through reasoning, research, and capstone projects; our holistic emphasis on leadership and civic engagement in a global context; our firstyear gateways. This past October, we publicly launched Ever Ahead: The Campaign for Mary Baldwin College, an effort that began in 2005. This campaign supports historic strengths and unfolding initiatives, including the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. The articles beginning on page 4 share our news, successes, and goals. I encourage you also to visit the award-winning website, www.mbc.edu/everahead, where you can read more personal stories and watch a compelling video references the courage of our founding and the promise of our future. What will Mary Baldwin do in response to the permanent shifts and ongoing turbulence in the higher education marketplace? We will do what we have done for 171 years. We will liberally educate our students and prepare them for the challenges ahead. We will call upon the collaborative creativity of our faculty and staff, hold fast to our core values, and draw upon the entrepreneurial spirit that is such an essential component of the Baldwin DNA. MBC’s strengths lie in our long history of personalized, transformative liberal education, particularly for women; in our exceptional tradition of innovation; in our insistence on inclusive excellence; and in our remarkable spirit of community. We cherish and will build upon these foundational strengths as we create our thriving future for decades to come. Dr. Pamela Fox

READING UP

I’ve always believed that one of the most important activities to engage in before jumping to conclusions or making decisions about a heated topic is to read as many differing perspectives as possible. It seems that there are as many books as there are varying opinions about the recent fundamental shifts occurring in higher education. I chose to examine about 30 of the most discussed titles published in recent years, and they expanded my understanding and reinforced my confidence about Mary Baldwin College’s future direction. I invite you to learn more along with me. Here is a sample, organized around common themes:

Perception of Corporate Corruption in Higher Ed The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All Administrative University and Why It Matters, Benjamin Ginsberg The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities, Frank Donoghue The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University, Ellen Schrecker Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University, Gaye Tuchman

Cries of the Media and General Public Higher Education: How Colleges are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids—And What We Can Do About It, Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities, Mark C. Taylor The Faculty Lounges and Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Paid For, Naomi Schaefer Riley DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, Anya Kamentez

The Claim That We’ve Lost Our Focus on Learning Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa We’re Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education, Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersch

Concrete Recommendations College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, Andrew Delbanco Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities, Richard A. DeMillo The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out, Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring BOLDYBALDWIN

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