President Oxtoby's Blog
Last week, I went kayaking on the Los Angeles River with a group of first-year students who were getting to know Southern California – and each other – in the final days before classes began.
Dropping by Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) classrooms yesterday reminds me why the future is both hopeful and challenging. Bright students, too often from under-resourced high schools, may not see a path to college or fully understand the opportunities a college education presents over the course of their lives. Seeing the PAYS four-week summer academy, part of a year-round college preparatory program, in action affirms the role that colleges like Pomona can play in changing that narrative.
Visiting Northern Ireland, President Oxtoby Sees Colleges and Communities Working Together to Build DemocracyJune 26, 2014
I am writing this from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I am attending a conference at Queen's University on Higher Education for Democratic Innovation. Leaders from Europe and the United States are discussing how real-world connections between colleges and their communities can create new democratic institutions and prepare students for citizenship.
Each June, I try to find time to take part in the Aspen Symposium on the Future of Higher Education because the participants and the range of topics covered go well beyond those typical of higher education meetings. This year was no exception.