Presidential Speeches and Articles
The following is a list of recent speaking engagements and articles written by SVC President Karen Gross:
Op-ed in Bennington Banner - "A president receives a gift"
Commentary in VTDIGGER.ORG - "Can Civic Engagement Help Millennials Get Jobs?" - http://vtdigger.org/2014/12/10/karen-gross-can-civic-engagement-help-millennials-get-jobs/
Comment in NationalJournal: "Civic Engagement Can Help Millennials Get Jobs" - http://www.nationaljournal.
Blog in Huffington Post: "When Does a College's Obligation to Its Students End?" - http://www.huffingtonpost.
TIME Online: Five Best Ideas of the Day: November 4 - http://time.com/3556189/five-
INSIDE HIGHER ED: "Graduation Shouldn't Be Endpoint" - Co-authored by President Gross and Director of Mountaineer Scholars Program/Diversity Initiatives Ivan Figueroa - https://www.insidehighered.
Blog in Huffington Post: "Headed Down the Up Escalator: Why Education is Failing Our Students" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
Blog in Huffington Post: "Rinse and Repeat Does Not Work for College Admissions: A Call for Change" - http://www.huffingtonpost.
august 2014Blog in Huffington Post: "Football and Higher Education: Presidents Need to Speak Up and Speak Out" - http://www.huffingtonpost.
Blog in Huffington Post: "What Is the Value of a Liberal Arts Education? The Answer Is an Open Book" - http://www.huffingtonpost.
Blog in Huffington Post: The Student Loan Problem: The KISS Solution - http://www.huffingtonpost.
VTDIGGER.ORG - Commentary on "Karen Gross:The KISS Solution to the student loan problem - http://vtdigger.org/2014/06/19/karen-gross-kiss-solution-student-loan-problem/
Inside Higher Ed: "Student Loans: Yes, Something is Wrong"
VTDIGGER.ORG - Commentary on "Karen Gross: Five Ways to Make College More Friendly to Veterans" - http://vtdigger.org/2014/04/22/karen-gross-five-ways-make-college-friendly-veterans/
"Research Symposium on Student Debt" in Boston - jointly run by National Consumer Law Center and Suffolk Law School. Panel titled "Innovations," and a paper presented on "Rethinking a College's Obligations to its Graduates and their Debt Loads."
Inside Higher Ed: "Student Loans I: Yes, Something is Wrong" -
Blog in Huffington Post Women: "The Impact of Speaking Out: When Silence Stopped Being Golden" -
The New England Journal of Higher Education: "Leveraging Up Summers on Campus; Avoiding Lost Opportunities" - http://www.nebhe.org/
The Hechinger Report: "The flawed conversation on the cost of U.S. higher education" - http://hechingerreport.org/
Blog in Huffington Post: "Developing Leadership Within the Academy: Mystery and Misunderstanding" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
The New England Journal of Higher Education: "Small Colleges Need "Gold Medal Selfies" - http://www.nebhe.org/thejournal/small-colleges-need-gold-medal-selfies/
Great Education Debate Panel at Emma Willard School, Troy, N.Y.
Topic: In an age of Google, how much does one need to know?
Blog in Huffington Post: "The Power of Small -- In Education and in Medicine" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-gross/the-power-of-small-in-edu_b_4386473.html
President Gross's Article in Burlington Free Press: "My Turn" Can robots replace real nurses?"
Blog in Huffington Post: "When the Buzzer Sounds: Basketball, Giving and Thanks" -
Blog in Huffngton Post: "Google Gives Information: Knowledge Promotes Empowerment" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-gross/google-gives-information-_1_b_4222360.html
Blog in Huffington Post: "Health Care and Education Reform: Double Trouble" - http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4173451
Gross: The government shutdown as a teachable moment - http://vtdigger.org/2013/10/10/gross-government-shutdown-teachable-moment/
Blog in Huffington Post: "Re-Thinking Orientation for Veteran Students on our Campuses" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-gross/rethinking-orientation-fo_b_3909233.html
Inside Higher Education: "Ratings Are Not So Easy" - http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2013/08/23/obamas-ratings-system-may-be-difficult-pull-essay
Burr and Burton Community Gathering on Challenges of Students Living in Poverty in VT, Manchester, VT. Topic: The Educational Pipeline
Rotary International, Bennington, VT. Topic: The State of Higher Education
Institute for Student Achievement Leadership Conference, Uniondale, NY. Topic: Vulnerable Student Success Across Educational Pipeline
Association of VT Independent Colleges Presidents' Meeting, Northfield, VT. Topic: Lessons Learned in DC
NASPA Workshop on Veteran Success, Castleton, VT. Topic: Redesign of the Transition Assistance Program
Vermont Campus Compact Conference on Access and Success, Burlington, VT. Topic: Approaches to Community Engagement
US Department of Education, Topics: Veterans' Success on America's Campuses; Grit, Resiliency and Beyond
ACE Executive Search Roundtable Panelist, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC. Topic: Leading in a Time of Change
Council of College and Military Educators 40th Annual Symposium, San Diego, CA; theme: Building Bridges to Success through Education for the Military Community
During 2012, Karen Gross gave a series of speeches and conducted roundtable discussions in her role as Senior Policy Advisor, US Department of Education. Organizations for these events included: American Legion, Military Bases across the US, Education Finance Council, and college/universities.
During 2012, Karen Gross wrote a series of blogs for the US Department of Education which appear on the Department's Web site or the Office of the Undersecretary Web site.
World Bank Working Group on Insolvency of National Persons. Topic: Contextualizing Insolvency Systems
Council of Independent Colleges, Presidents' Institute, Marco Island, FL, Panel: Strategies for Vulnerable Student Success
Workshop at Maple Street School in Manchester, VT, on "Demystifying College Applications, Admissions & Financial Aid: The Top Eight Myths."
Financial Education Summer Training 2011 Conference in Albany, NY, Keynote presenter. Topic: Making Higher Education Possible: Financing Tips and Strategies for Students and Their Families
The New England Journal of Higher Education, article: "Helicopters, Lawn Mowers or Down-to-Earth Parents? What Works Best in Higher Education."
Response to Boston Globe article: "Uncertainties over US aid vex students" in Boston Globe at http://articles.boston.com/2011-07-22/news/29803803_1_student-aid-pell-program-financial-aid.
Vermont Association of University Women, Brattleboro Branch, Putney, VT. Topic: Leadership Lessons
Burlington Free Press, Op-Ed article: "My Turn: College payoff: Yes, it matters."
The New England Journal of Higher Education, article: "Saving Pell Grants in an Era of Cost Cutting." Read more at http://www.nebhe.org/thejournal/saving-pell-grants-in-an-era-of-cost-cutting/ (reprinted in the Providence Journal on May 13, 2011.
Response to The New York Times Question: How Good Are American Colleges? at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/22/opinion/l22college.html.
The New England Journal of Higher Education, article: "Saving Pell Grants in an Era of Cost-Cutting." Read more at http://www.nebhe.org/thejournal/saving-pell-grants-in-an-era-of-cost-cutting/.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Meeting, Putney Inn, Putney, Vt. Topic: Vulnerable Student Success: Strategies for the Future
Blog in Pearson Learning Solutions entitled "Making Good on the Promise of Higher Education in Vermont - Part II & III" by Karen Gross and Albert DeCiccio. Read more at http://www.pearsoncustom.com/blog/.
Blog in Pearson Learning Solutions entitled "Making Good on the Promise of Higher Education in Vermont - Part I" by Karen Gross and Albert DeCiccio. Read more at http://www.pearsoncustom.com/blog/2010/11/15/making-good-on-the-promise-of-higher-education-in-vermont-part-i/. Also online in Spring 2010.
Casey Family Services Diversity Conference, Concord, NH. Topic: College Completion and Vulnerable Students; the Credit Card Act of 2009 and its Impact on Students
Rotary Club, South Burlington, VT. Topic: Helping Vulnerable Students Progress to and Through College
Union Graduate College Conference on Women, Management and Leadership. Spoke on "How Women Think About and Handle Money: Leadership Implications."
Article: "College Tries "Mini-mesters" and More to Improve Readiness" by Karen Gross and Albert DeCiccio. Read more at http://www.nebhe.org/2010/06/04/college-tries-%e2%80%9cmini-mesters%e2%80%9d-and-more-to-improve-readiness/.
The Maple Street School, Manchester, VT, Commencement Address
Windham World Affairs Council, Brattleboro, VT. Topic: Micro-Lending and Credit Cards: Parallels and Differences Across the Globe
Coalition for Debtor Education and Fordham Law School, New York, NY, Panel Moderator. Topic: Cities as a Source of Consumer Protection
Latino New York Magazine, Education issue, article: "College Success for Hispanic Students: Some in the Trenches Suggestions"
Insidehighered.com, article: "Cheers and Cautions on Credit Cards." Read more at http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2010/02/19/gross.
Insidehighered.com., article: "Lessons from a Super Loss." Read more at http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2010/02/11/gross.
Association of Governing Boards Roundtable (with Trustee Raymond Lenoue). Topic: The Role of the Board in Successful College Turnarounds
University College London, UK. Topic: The New Credit Card Act of 2009 and its Impact
Council of Independent Colleges, Marco Island, FL, Panel Moderator: The Role of the President in Collegiate Athletics
Change Magazine, Article: "Pausing, Pondering, and Partnering: Communicating in Financially Challenging Times." Read more.
Independent Educational Consultants Association, Fall Meeting, Charlotte, NC. Topic: How to Advise Families about Financial Issues
Canadian Financial Aid Administrators, Edmonton, Canada. Topic: Teaching and Learning about Financial Issues
Bloomberg.com. Topic: Consumer Financial Agency (audio)
New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), Respondent, Plenary Session, Boston, Mass. Topic: Higher Education's New Realities in this Economy
College Board Forum, Education and the American Future, Panelist, New York, N.Y.Topic: How to Improve Financial Literacy Skills on Campus
Rural Family Economic Success Institute, Concord, NH. Topic: College for First Generation Students
Vermont Professional Responsibility Board Annual Meeting, White River Junction, VT. Topic: "Law's Role in a Troubled Economy: Savior? Sinner? Or Something Else?
Eighth World INSOL International Quadrennial Congress, Vancouver, Canada. Topic: Consumer Credit Counseling
Insidehighered.com dated May 26, article: "Lessons Learned, Now That It's Over...." Read more at http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/05/26/gross.
Burr & Burton Academy, Manchester, VT. Topic: What You and Your College-bound Student Should Know About Finances
Guest Teaching: "Consumer Bankruptcy" at University of Maine School of Law
The New England Journal of Higher Education, article: "Creating a Retention Quilt: Southern Vermont College reports on results from the trenches," written by President Karen Gross, Provost Al DeCiccio and Dean of Students Anne Hopkins Gross. Read more.
Insidehighered.com dated March 16, article: "What Was I Thinking?" Read more or http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/03/16/gross.
Rivier College, Nashua, NH. Topic: Women, the Current Economy and the Language of Money
Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development, Philadelphia, PA, Keynote address: Speaking Money's Language
Coalition of Debtor Education-Financial Literacy for Women Workshop, Bennington, VT. Topic: Psychology of Teaching about Money
Insidehighered.com dated January 23, article: "A President Reenters the Classroom. Why?" Read more or http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/01/23/gross.
The Chronicle of Higher Education dated January 23, article by Karen Gross and Anne Myrka: "'Roving' Interdisciplinary Professors"
Manchester Journal dated January 16, article: "A late-in-life friendship." Read more.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Education, article: "We Miss You in the Academy," http://www.changemag.org/January-February%202009/full-miss-you.html
Vermont Business Magazine, article: "Is Undergraduate Education the Next Endangered Species?"
Vermont Jumpstart Coalition Annual Conference, Burlington, VT. Keynote address: Learning Money's Language
American Association of University Women, Bennington Chapter, Bennington, VT. Topic: Women and Money: Learning the Needed Language
Common $ense 4th Annual Personal Finance Conference for Teachers and Parents at Sheraton Hotel, South Burlington, Vt.
University College, London, UK. Topic: Bankruptcy as Social Policy
Article: "LA INSOLVENCIA DE LOS CONSUMIDORES EN EL DERECHO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS," appearing in a book titled "EL FUTURO DE LA PROTECCIÓN JURÍDICA DE LOS CONSUMIDORES" (Jorge Tomillo Urbina, Director), published in 2008 by Thomson/Civitas.
Insidehighered.com - Welcoming a New Provost, in 3 Months or Less - co-written by Karen Gross and Provost Al Deciccio.
New England Association for College Admission Counseling, Colchester, VT. Topic: How Small High Schools and College Benefit Students
Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling Annual Meeting, Harrisburg, PA. Topic: How Small Colleges Benefit Students and How to Get "B" Students Admitted
Insidehighered.com - Doctor of Humane Lettuce
Independent Educational Consultants Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. Topic: The Value of Small College and How to Find the Students Best Suited to Them
Commencement Address, The Hoosac School, Bennington, VT.
Police Those Credit Cards: Via the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights, the U.S. should regulate the industry to protect consumers from sudden rate increases such as those recently imposed by Bank of America, which more than doubled rates for certain cardholders. Pro or con?
Pro: Fine Print Is Useless - by Karen Gross
Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, British Columbia, Canada. Workshops on Money Issues Affecting Students.
Casey Family Services Diversity Conference, New Hampshire. Topic: How Small Colleges Benefit First Generation Students; Understanding Money's Language
Small Board School Association Annual Meeting, Rectory School, Pomfret, CT. Topic: Small Colleges and the Benefits They Offer
"What's in a name: Provost or Dean?" by Karen Gross
"Consumer Credit Card Use: The Roles of Creditor Disclosure and Anticipated Emotion" (with Richard Wiener, Susan Block-Lieb et al), Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 13(1), 32
Success Magazine, "Small School Big Ideas"
National Community Tax Coalition, 6th Annual Conference, Denver, CO. Keynote address: The Language of Money
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Career Advancement, New York City, NY. Panel Discussion on Using a Law Degree in Academia
The Yearbook of Consumer Law 2008, "Expanding the use of Credit Reports and Credit Scores: The need for Caution and Empiricism"
Southern Vermont College - Fall Convocation, "The Aims of Education." Read a transcript of The Aims of Education (106KB)
Law & Society Association, Consumer Bankruptcy Roundtable, Baltimore, MD. Topic: Financial Literacy, Credit Counseling and Disclosure: Current Initiatives (July 2006). IRC Meeting, Berlin, Germany, Discussant/Moderator
Campus Compact Network Meeting, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. Topic: A Dialogue With Presidents About Their Priorities And The Context For The Engaged Campus
The Hoosac School, Bennington, VT, Commencement Address
University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain. Topic: Bankruptcy Laws in the US: Lessons Learned
Canadian Annual Insolvency Law Conference, Montreal, Canada. Topic: Credit Counseling in the US: What We Have Learned
North Adams Transcript, Guest Column: Top 10 principles for financial health
North Adams Transcript, Guest Column: Academic $ense Financial Literacy 101
Bennington Banner, Guest Column: An expensive opportunity
Nottingham Trent University, Faculty Presentation, Nottingham, UK. Topic: The Language of Money and Why It Matters
Lancaster University Law School, Faculty Presentation, Lancaster, UK. Topic: Be Careful What You Wish For: The American Bankruptcy Experience
American Association of University Women, Bennington, VT, Branch. Topic: Teaching Women to Speak Money's Language and Why It Matters
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Annual Meeting, Burlington, VT. Topic: Learning to Speak Money's Language: Techniques, Tips and Takeaways
New York State Financial Aid Administrators Conference - Graduate Session, Lake Placid, NY. Topic: Financial Literacy Education for Graduate Students
Southern Vermont College Inaugural Speech:
- Listen to the inauguration speech (MP3, 41MB)
- Read a transcript of the inauguration speech (PDF, 66KB)
- "Campus Perspectives" with Bennington College President Elizabeth Coleman
- Listen to the Campus Perspectives interview (MP3, 34MB)
Black Accountants of Northern New Jersey, Newark, NJ. Topic: Dissecting a Credit Card Agreement
University of Hull, Hull, UK. Topic: The Changing Nature of Legislation in the US: Bankruptcy Law as Paradigm
International Bar Association Meeting, Chicago, IL. Topic: Women Lawyers and How to Market to Clients
Instructor and Co-Chair Tammy Kenny, MS, MST, Division of Science and Technology.
- Criminal Justice Students Tour Albany Sheriff's Department
- Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Sponsors Toy and Clothing Drive
- Criminal Justice Students Witness the Law at Albany County Court
- President Gross's Farewell Message
- Op-ed by President Gross in Bennington Banner: "A president receives a gift"
- President Gross's Commentary in VTDIGGER.ORG: "Can Civic Engagement Help Millennials Get Jobs?"
- SPRING CLASSES
- President Gross's Comment in NationalJournal: "Civic Engagement..."
- President's HUFF POST Blog: "When Does a College's Obligation to Its Students End?"
- David Rees Evans, Ph.D., Named Next SVC President