18 Mar, 2016| by jschrum As a significant liberal arts college we must encourage an ethos where considerate conversations are welcomed, at all times. We have begun a new and much needed considerate conversation, and we must make more progress on its outcome.
13 Nov, 2015| by jschrum Imagine what Southwest Virginia would be today without Emory & Henry College. Fortunately, we need not answer these questions. The prospects for our magnificent corner of creation are many and bright, and, through a liberal arts mission focused increasingly on connecting students to that future, Emory & Henry College will always be there.
24 Aug, 2015| by jschrum At a time when there is a crisis of leadership across the face of America, when higher education faces intense criticism for its costs, and when the collective pressure of the world's problems poses the greatest threats to the future of our students, it is imperative that colleges and universities step up and show their true value.
03 Jun, 2015| by jschrum Competition and hard times have always bred in this country invention that leads to progress. That scenario has applied to all industries, but should be especially true of higher education in the liberal arts, where creative problem solving has always been the hallmark of its purpose.
05 May, 2015| by jschrum Too often these days, sports fans forget the meaning of the word “college” when it is applied to athletics. They forget that the young men and women entertaining them with their athleticism are, or should be, students first, individuals who have embarked on academic and intellectual pursuits, fueled by a fit body, that will serve a complete life.
09 Feb, 2015| by jschrum Ask college graduates what they value most about their college experience and more often than not the answers will have something to do with inspirational professors. Clearly quality higher education depends on the people who teach, mentor and guide students. The value of a college education is directly linked to teaching that heightens the trajectory of student achievement and increases the capacity for lifelong success.
03 Dec, 2014| by jschrum Do college ranking services have anything to do with helping students advance their futures beyond college. Unfortunately, today’s college rankings focus so much on institutions and so little on students as to make them largely irrelevant to the group of people who can make the greatest difference to the futures of college graduates – employers.
24 Oct, 2014| by jschrum More than anything we entertain in our American life, the liberal arts are the highest exercise of our independence. In no other undertaking do we use the advantages of our liberty to explore freely the wide array of possibilities that enlarge our minds, improve our lives and, ultimately, advance our democracy.