Some universities, like Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, are not very selective. However, every university likes to attract top-notch students to fill its classrooms. Samford has implemented a new program for high achieving students, whereby it is offering more rigorous courses for students who are eligible for them upon admission. The idea is to boost the curriculum up a notch for these students who need a challenge.
Admissions offices are the sales and marketing divisions of colleges and universities. Now they are building opulent “welcome centers” to impress prospective students. Caveat emptor!
Sometimes campus tour guides go above and beyond. While on the University of Alabama campus recently, I was treated to a private tour by a polite, knowledgeable, and good humored young gentleman. He gave me the grand tour, and fielded my penetrating questions very well. So I asked him whether he thought it would be […]
During a recent visit to the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, I caught up with an old friend, Professor Bill Worden. He is now a professor of Spanish and director of graduate studies. Bill was educated at elite private institutions in the Northeast (Dartmouth, Brown), but he teaches at a large, public […]
As I traveled around the Deep South last week visiting colleges, I was happy to feel some of my old stereotypes melt away. To be sure, southern colleges reflect their geography and the culture of people of the region. But academically speaking, there are many fantastic schools, excellent students, talented professors, innovative programs, and beautiful campuses. […]