Posts by Daniel

The Future of Higher Education is in our Intention and Actions Today

Posted on Jul 29, 2013

The Future of Higher Education is in our Intention and Actions Today

As we think about the future of education, we must focus on questions of “why” rather than simply “how.”

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The Central Role of Student Services

Posted on Mar 13, 2013

The Central Role of Student Services

IUP’s new Mindfulness Living Community shows how broad student services can connect curricular and extracurricular activities, creating a richer and more engaging educational environment.

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The Mission of Education: Why We Subsidize Post-Secondary Education

Posted on Feb 21, 2013

The Mission of Education: Why We Subsidize Post-Secondary Education

To the extent that we, in higher education, have forgotten our primary mission–challenging our students to inquire as to what it means to be a good citizen of this world–we risk collapsing into a fee-for-service industry in which we simply convey information and train narrowly for the workforce.

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Courses as Commodities: The Harvard Cheating Scandal

Posted on Feb 3, 2013

Courses as Commodities: The Harvard Cheating Scandal

In a final exam last May, nearly half of the 279 students in a Harvard government class were suspected of cheating. This is not just a “Harvard” problem; rather, this is emblematic of a crisis throughout post-secondary education. Many have lost sight of our fundamental mission to create environments for students to discover what is most meaningful to them and to provide the information and tools for them to live out their vision.

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True to Vision: A Response to Daniel Callahan’s “Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic”

Posted on Jan 29, 2013

True to Vision: A Response to Daniel Callahan’s “Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic”

In “Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic,” Daniel Callahan calls for an “edgier” strategy to reduce obesity levels in the United States. I felt compelled to respond to Callahan’s article because the policies he is advocating are not in line with what I believe is his vision for a healthier and happier population.

In order to guide any action, we first need a clear vision: a place to start from that answers questions such as, “What are we doing this for?” and “What is really guiding us?” Because any action that runs counter to this deeply-held vision will cause suffering to ourselves and others, even if it appears to lead to our desired outcome.

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