College presidents discuss challenges in higher education at women’s luncheon

October 9, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


CIARA: HIGHER LEARNING WAS THE FOCUS OF TODAY’S PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CHAMBER LUNCHEON IN WEST SPRINGFIELD. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI WAS THERE AS LOCAL COLLEGE PRESIDENTS REVEALED THEIR CONCERNS IN HIGHER EDUCATION. MIKE: FOUR LOCAL WOMEN COLLEGE PRESIDENTS HELD A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THEY ARE SEEING TODAY IN HIGHER EDUCATION THE PRESSIONAL WOMEN’S CHAMBER LUNCHEON WAS HELD TODAY AT THE STORROWTON TAVERN CARRIAGE HOUSE IN WEST SPRINGFIELD. THE LUNCHEON FEATURED A PANEL DISCUSSION LED BY WOMEN COLLEGE PRESIDENTS FROM BATHPATH UNIVERSITY, GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE, HCC, AND SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE. THE FOUR PRESIDENTS SPOKE ABOUT THEIR CAREER PATHS THAT LED THEM TO THEIR CURRENT POSITIONS, AS WELL AS SOME OF THE CHALLENGES TODAY IN HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP. DR. CAROL LEARY, PRESIDENT BAYPATH UNIVERISITY: ONE OF THE CHALLENGES HERE IS HOW DO WE KEEP OUR STUDENTS UNTIL GRADUATION, WHAT CAN WE DO TO IMPLEMENT PERSISTENCE IN OUR STUDENTS THROUGH THE DEGREE. DR. MARY-BETH COOPER, SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE: THE TIMING HAS WORKED OUT INCREDIBLE IN HOW WE ARE HERE PRESENTING OUT STORIES STORIES THAT ARE GOOD STORIES ABOUT FORGING RELATIONSHIPS AND PARTNERSHIPS WITHIN THE COMMMUNITY AND OUTSIDE THE COMMUNITY. MIKE: DR. COOPER AND DR. LEARY ALSO BOTH ADDRESSED HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE’S REPORTED FINANCIAL STRUGGLES, SUPPORTING THE SCHOOL’S DECISION TO SEEK A LONG-TERM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. MIKE: THE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CHAMBER OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS HOLDS EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO INCREASE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND PROVIDE MORE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITES FOR WOMEN. LIVE IN SPRINGFIELD, MM, 22NEWS.