One of the many ways that Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfied, Ph.D., contributes to the national discussion on various issues facing higher education is through articles published in newspapers. A selection of those articles appears here.
April 29, 2013
The Chronicle of Higher Education
I believe we have a collective responsibility to challenge the notion that MOOCs are the future of American higher education. If we really want to make a difference for most students, let's make 2013 "The Year of the Seminar."
Were he around today, Shakespeare might have described the relationship between independent schools and liberal arts colleges as a “marriage of true minds.” Both institutions teach, cultivate, and empower students for lives of meaning. We both adopt what Stanford Professor Carol Dweck calls the “growth mindset” in our approach to students. We both emphasize intellectual rigor, faculty mentoring, creativity and higher-order thinking, holistic student development, community, diversity, and the individuality of each student.
Sept. 2, 2012
Sunday News (Lancaster Newspapers)
Editor's note: … "Here are excerpts from [President Porterfield's Convocation] remarks about a heroic individual and 1941 F&M graduate whose life, Porterfield notes, holds lessons for all."
To the Class of 2016: … Maj. Winters triumphed with honor not simply because he was brave and strong, but also because he was smart and mentally prepared. His liberal arts education at F&M played a defining role.
March 30, 2012
Highly selective national colleges and universities like the one I lead, Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, should do more to embrace students from low-income communities. But unfortunately ..., the nation's top 150 colleges - the schools so accomplished at launching young adults into lives of impact - currently enroll only 3 percent of their undergraduates from America's lowest economic quartile.
Dec. 16, 2011
Many believe that liberal-arts colleges, which typically play sports at the Division III level, do not especially value athletics. ... Colleges like Franklin and Marshall, Haverford, and Wesleyan aim to further the intellectual growth of all our students in a climate of high achievement and individual responsibility. In that context, we appreciate the educational value of competitive sports and structure our athletic programs to maximize their contribution to learning.