In addition to authoring articles and opinion pieces for a variety of publications, Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield is an invited regular contributor to Huffington Post College, among the news organization's other blog platforms. An archive of those essays and opinion pieces appears here.
March 12, 2013
...Today's students are navigating a much longer transition to the traditional markers of adulthood -- marriage, family, and stable employment -- than their parents and grandparents. ... Great colleges will respond to the evolving needs of 20-something searchers and help them launch well into opportunity and growth. Liberal arts colleges are especially well positioned to do so, because our students feel personally known, valued, challenged and supported by the educators who work here.
Feb. 7, 2013
In our 21st-century global economy, which is knowledge-based, technology-driven and constantly changing, students need to develop their minds for lifetimes of higher-level thinking and learning. Those individuals who can best reason, write, research, analyze, compute, create and communicate will thrive. The societies that develop the most advanced thinkers will outcompete the others.
Jan. 18, 2013
I'm deeply gratified that America has a designated day when we recognize Dr. King. As an educator, I share Dr. King's belief that providing all with equal access to an empowering education is the essential investment a democracy makes in its people and its future. "Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education," Dr. King wrote in the Morehouse College newspaper 56 years ago when he was a junior. That's no less true in 2013.
Sept. 11, 2012
We should find inspiration in strong models of public service that speak to the better angels of our nature. This past summer I witnessed the actions of three sets of change-makers giving themselves over completely to education as the best way to empower young people, break cycles of poverty and create a brighter future for America.