Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Authored Articles

This selection of published articles by Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. demonstrates one of the ways he contributes to the national dialogue surrounding higher education and other significant issues.

New SAT Is College Board's Answer To Greater Student Opportunity

March 6, 2014

Are we doing all we can to propel America’s students into college and career opportunities? So asked College Board President David Coleman yesterday as he outlined an ambitious, multi-pronged “opportunity agenda” that will define the future work of the 114 year-old non-profit organization known primarily for its iconic SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.


Let's Make 2013 the Year of the Seminar

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."

Learn While Doing

Spring 2013
Independent School

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.

The Dick Winters Challenge

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.

Top Colleges Can Help Transform Education

March 30, 2012
Houston Chronicle

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.

Another Kind of College Sports

Dec. 16, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.