Daily Hampshire Gazette: Amherst College Leads in Community Engagement

Submitted by Paul S. Statt
In Our Opinion: Serving the community
Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 18

“A national study on volunteerism has underscored the need for Bay State colleges to emphasize community service as an essential part of a student's education and preparation for professional life…Just less than one in four college students are involved in community service work in Massachusetts…The trend in the Bay State, though, is moving in a positive direction; the study found that the rate of student volunteerism is on the rise in Massachusetts…Amherst College President Anthony Marx has been an energetic advocate of community service ever since his inauguration four years ago, when he told students that the privilege of a college education came with the responsibility "to enlighten, care for and advance society as a whole." The college last year received a $13 million grant from former alum John Abele to bring that vision to fruition. The money has been used to establish the Center for Community Engagement, which will serve as a hub for community service projects in the Pioneer Valley.”

Amherst College Receives $13 Million To Launch Center for Community Engagement

Amherst College Center for Community Engagement Names Molly Mead Director



New York Times: Applegate (1989) Wins Pulitzer for Beecher (1834) Bio

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Debby Applegate '89 Wins Pulitzer Prize for Biography
The New York Times, April 17

"In the Pulitzer Prizes for the arts...Debby Applegate won the biography prize for “The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher.”

Before He Was Famous
Amherst Magazine Fall/Winter 2006

At one time, preacher and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, Class of 1834, was the most famous man in America, as well-known as Oprah Winfrey is today. But first, he arrived at Amherst as a shy freshman, Bible in hand.
By Debby Applegate ’89

New York Times: Amherst Most Selective

Submitted by Paul S. Statt
A Great Year for Ivy League Schools
New York Times, April 4

"The competition [for admission to the Class of 2011] was ferocious not only at the top universities, but at selective small colleges, like Williams, Bowdoin and Amherst, all of which reported record numbers of applications. Amherst received 6,668 applications and accepted 1,167 students for its class of 2011, compared with the 4,491 applications and 1,030 acceptance letters it sent for the class of 2002 nine years ago."

Amherst College Office of Admission

Inside Higher Ed: Marx Calls for "Mobility Based on Merit"

Submitted by Paul S. Statt

Anxiety, Values and Undergrad Education
Insider Higher Ed, April 16

"On Friday, [Columbia University] was host to a gathering of college presidents, professors, foundation officials and others to talk about who goes to college, who doesn’t and what they learn there...Participants noted the tremendous successes of American higher education, but a repeated theme was that American colleges are at some kind of juncture — at risk of going backwards (if they aren’t already) in their ability to be agents of what Anthony W. Marx, president of Amherst College, called one of their crucial roles in society: to provide “mobility based on merit.”

Chicago Tribune Blog: What is Murder? Asks Amherst Professor Sarat

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What is murder?
Chicago Tribune, April 10

"What is murder? It’s the first question asked of students on the first day of “Murder,” an extremely popular course at Amherst College in which political scientist Austin Sarat explores moral and legal reasoning through the prism of our most dastardly crime. According to the admissions officer who spoke to 300 parents and high school juniors gathered in Amherst’s chapel, Sarat then picks apart and tosses away every pat answer the students offer. Sarat’s purpose, like the purpose of all good educators, is to challenge assumptions, to force students to look beyond the complacent and superficial understandings they carry with them."

Austin  Sarat 


Wall Street Journal: Wait-List a Long Shot this Year

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Colleges Reject Record Numbers
The Wall Street Journal, April 3

"College officials warn they may not take many students from their wait-lists this year. "We have not gone to the wait-list for two years, and we would like to," says Tom Parker, dean of admissions and financial aid at Amherst College. Wait-lists allow colleges to adjust their freshman class if there is a shortage of students with particular strengths and characteristics who plan to attend. Amherst currently has 1,450 students on its wait-list. Mr. Parker expects fewer than half to stay on it. Of those who do, Amherst hopes to accept 25 students."

Amherst College Office of Admission


US News & World Report: Amherst Dean Joe Case Avdvises, "Figure out how much college costs"

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A few simple steps and some tough questions can help families ...
U.S. News & World Report, April 8
"When Joe Paul Case, director of financial aid at Amherst College, helps friends decide which college to choose, he says the first step is to figure out just how much each college is going to cost. So he sits down with all the student's financial aid award letters, a big pad of paper, and a pencil. He draws a grid, writes the name of each school at the top of a column, and then starts to tear his hair out. The very first and most important number-the total cost of a year at the school, including tuition, fees, room, board, books, travel, and other reasonable expenses-is often left off award letters and college websites. Many schools reveal their total costs only upon request, so that their high prices don't scare applicants away. "They don't want to have confrontations with families" about costs but instead want students to get excited and say, "Oh, look how much scholarship there was," Case says."

Amherst College Office of Admission

Wall Street Journal: Wait-Lists Multiply

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Wait-Lists Multiply
The Wall Street Journal, April 11

"The college admissions battle is shifting the waitlist...To broaden its options, Amherst College offered 1,450 spots on the waitlist this year, up from 1,258. With students likely to be on multiple waitlists, "we know we are going to lose a bunch," says Tom Parker, dean of admissions and financial aid."

Amherst College Office of Admission 

The Republican: Amherst Pipeline Programs Aids Local Schools

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Collegians tutor students in need
The Republican, April 9

"An academic enrichment program in partnership with Amherst College has begun in the Amherst Public Schools. The Pipeline Project for students in grades six through 10 is held at Amherst College two days a week. There will also be a summer program.About 60 students are involved so far."

Pipeline Project Website

Amherst Bulletin: Pipeline Project Helps Local Schools

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College, schools try to get more students into higher ed
Amherst Bulletin, April 12

"A new program designed to help the Amherst public schools realize their goal of making every student ready for college by the time they graduate high school had its debut last week on the Amherst College campus.

The Pipeline Project is a collaborative effort between the Amherst schools and Amherst College, designed to reduce student attrition as they progress from elementary school through high school and beyond."

Pipeline Project Website