Author: Clara Lovett

On stepping out of the bubble

My husband Ben was insatiably curious about the world we live in. Before he died in 2011 he had traveled to 150 countries. I lagged far behind. At his urging, I traveled to Egypt, returning home just a few days before the revolution in Tahrir Square shut down Cairo airport. When I finally decided to … Continue reading “On stepping out of the bubble”

Accreditation Blues

It took a long time to redefine the purposes of college and university accreditation, but we are doing it. The “we” are not the accreditation agencies or the major professional associations that speak for higher education. The change agents are a loose coalition of state and federal government agencies, some members of Congress, and the … Continue reading “Accreditation Blues”

Fighting ISIS

More than twenty years after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the universities, military academies, and specialized institutes of which we are so proud seem incapable of educating graduates well equipped to understand the world of the 21st century. There are striking parallels between the language our “experts” used during the Cold War and the … Continue reading “Fighting ISIS”

On being a founding trustee

Last week I spoke with a professional writer and editor charged with ghost writing a history of Western Governors University. I became  involved with this project in 1995, at the invitation of Fife Symington III, then Governor of Arizona.  As a founding trustee of the new university from 1996 to 2006. I enjoyed an extraordinary … Continue reading “On being a founding trustee”

Study abroad: is it still a life changing experience?

My late husband Ben Brown, a graduate of Baylor University, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Harvard University, used to say that he had learned a lot from the faculty of those institutions and had enjoyed his time in the classroom and at fraternity parties. But when we discussed and compared life-changing experiences Ben … Continue reading “Study abroad: is it still a life changing experience?”

The refugee crisis, the EU and …?

Another Washington Post editorial, another indictment of Europe/the EU for not saving lives in the Mediterranean, for closing borders, for failing to integrate asylum seekers and economic migrants. The list goes on. No doubt about it: major European countries were complicit in the political and military interventions by the United States that have turned a … Continue reading “The refugee crisis, the EU and …?”