Barbara K. Mistick, D.M.

Higher Education Leadership

Category: Wilson College

Inclusion Leads to Understanding

What is a liberal arts education? In answering this question, liberal arts colleges almost always talk about the traditional benefits first: a broad-based education that provides students with a grounding in the arts, humanities, physical and life sciences, and social sciences—regardless of major—that hones important skills needed for success. But when we do this, we leave out a major component of liberal arts learning—and that is a problem.

The Key to Understanding College Costs is … Education. Imagine That.

Choosing to attend college has always been an incredibly important and somewhat frightening decision, but it has never been more fraught with uncertainty than it is today. And it’s no wonder, given the number of voices contributing to what has become an alarming narrative about rising college costs.

We are at the beginning of another college admission season, and for those students and families who will soon enter the college search process, here are some points to help sort through the noise.

The Mythology Surrounding Student Debt read more

Hiking, Energy and the First Law of Thermodynamics

If you have ever gone on a particularly challenging mountain hike, there are a number of truths you have come to expect. You need to put in the time to prepare: planning the trek, getting your gear together, deciding which trail to follow and being mentally and physically prepared.

The most difficult part is often mental preparation. It’s one thing to read that a trail requires eight hours of rigorous hiking to reach the summit, but it’s quite another to do it. Then there are those things that are beyond your control—obstacles, changing weather, bad jerky. How you react has great bearing on your journey. read more

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