America's Urban Campus

Today’s higher education is all about collaboration. Or, it should be. And, in Chicago, there are many institutions of higher education, with a variety of missions and a wide array of kinds of students that are served. In the South Loop, for example, there are well over 50,000 students. Across our institutions there are a... Read more »

Bringing it to Scale

Everywhere we turn these days, we hear about “scale.’ Scale seems to mean something quite specific in these contexts. The speakers (or writers) do not mean the scale that blind statues of justice hold, weighing deeds. Nor does scale mean those that fall from our eyes to permit us accurate sight. Indeed, scales do not... Read more »

Once in a While . . . .

Once in a while. . . being wrong is right. I know I have thought that often, and written about it by referring to the notion of wrongology. And, reading the words and reflections of other presidents can be inspiring. So, today, I read this piece by Dennis Holtschneider, president of DePaul University. DePaul has... Read more »

Social Media Speaks

The relationship of colleges and universities to social media is, obviously, an important one. And, the relationship of college and university presidents to social media is as well. Whether we are talking blogging, tweeting, or tumblr, colleges and universities care. Why? Of course, visibility matters — and visibility matters for various reasons. In part, it... Read more »
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    Shimerprez is the 14th president of Shimer College at 35th and State. She also blogs at the Huffington Post and at a Shimer Blog called Evocations which can be found on line at She is a University of Chicago Ph.D. who works on religion, the social sciences, gender and sexuality. She reads murder mysteries, is fascinated by the world of food, and also loves the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

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