Bethany College President Leads National Thought Leaders' Focus on Strategies to Address Rising Cost of Higher Education

Leading College Presidents Participate in Leadership Series 
 
Philadelphia, PA – For the sixth year, Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, will serve as co-executive editor of Presidential Perspectives, a thought provoking leadership series authored by college and university presidents.
 
Presidential Perspectives features a collection of chapters aimed at providing insight on the issues facing higher learning institutions nationwide. This 2011-12 series will examine “Strategies to Address the Rising Cost of Higher Education.”
 
Philadelphia-based Aramark Higher Education, a leader in providing professional services to colleges and universities across North America, is proud to sponsor volume six in the series. 
 
“Even adjusted for inflation, the average costs of attending a higher education institution are between three and 10 times higher than they were 30 years ago,” explains Tim Goral, editor of University Business and author of the collection’s foreword. “Institutions must continue to serve a growing demand for their services at a time when post-recession endowments are down, and state and federal funding is further reduced in every budget cycle.”
 
In today’s difficult economic climate, administrators must wrestle with the challenges of providing an excellent education while applying business acumen to balance the needs of students and the institution’s financial future.  Presidential Perspectives examines the implications of the nation’s economic challenges on college campuses and demonstrates how colleges and universities are adopting unique solutions, changing policies, and increasing the value provided to students.
 
Presidential Perspectives features chapters written by 10 college and university presidents. The first chapter,“Tuition Discounting: Issue of Transparency, Access and Accountability,”written by Dave Arnold, President of Eureka College, explores the cost value proposition of tuition and provides examples of how tuition reduction and financial transparency have helped increase student enrollment. Eureka’s model has set unprecedented records at the College for the past five years.  
 
“The future of the tuition price and discount relationship will determine how we fund tangible assets like facilities and less tangible, but closely held educational ideals, such as liberal education,” explains Arnold.  
 
Additional chapters within the series focus on a myriad of topics including: increasing the quality of education students receive while managing costs; balancing access to education, costs and student outcomes; examining the financial effects of sustainability on campus; incorporating three year academic programs; and evaluating tuition reduction and discounting.
 
“We are pleased with the continued success of Presidential Perspectives,” said Dr. Miller, who, along with Dr. Marylouise Fennell, senior counsel for the Council of Independent Colleges and past president of Carlow University, serve as executive editors. “The series offers a forum that encourages leaders to share best practices and strategies to successfully manage the challenges faced by the entire higher education community.”
 
Contributing thought leaders for this year’s Presidential Perspectives include:
 
·         Tim Goral, Editor, University Business
·         David Arnold, President, Eureka College
·         Donna Randall, President, Albion College
·         Jay Lemons, President, Susquehanna University
·         John McCardell, President, Sewanee: The University of the South
·         Scott Koerwer, President, Newberry College
·         Vinton Thompson, President, Metropolitan College of New York
·         Robert Davies, President, Eastern Oregon University
·         John W. Stewart, III, President, University of Montevallo
·         Rosalind Reichard, President, Emory & Henry College
·         Maravene Loeschke, President, Mansfield University
 
One chapter of Presidential Perspectiveswill be released electronically each month, beginning in September and concluding in June. The series can be viewed online by visiting www.presidentialperspectives.org. The site features a chapter calendar, an archive for all six volumes, author biographies, and additional information about the collection.   At the end of each year, the entire collection is published in book form.
 

 

Dr. Miller has served as president of Bethany College since the fall of 2007. He previously served as president of Wesley College (1997-2007) and Lincoln Memorial University (1991-1997).