Category: Presidents Perspective

Excelsior College president, James N. Baldwin, JD, EdD

In 2016, I became president of Excelsior College and assumed the awesome responsibility of sustaining the institution — with its outstanding history of supporting students as they work toward degree completion — and preparing the College for a robust future, during a dynamic period in higher education. Now, as Excelsior approaches its 50th anniversary, we are financially stronger; far …

Excelsior College president, James N. Baldwin, JD, EdD

Almost 50 years ago, Excelsior College was founded as a noble experiment: a higher education institution focused on providing adult learners with a flexible and affordable pathway to a credential—and to a middle-class life. We initially achieved our mission through the assessment of learning and the aggregation of credit earned from inside and out of …

Excelsior College president, James N. Baldwin, JD, EdD

A national conversation swirls around the value of a degree and student borrowing and debt. College leaders grapple with the financial pressures of changing demographics and lower enrollments. Public confidence in higher education has declined to disconcerting levels (An October 2018 survey by the Gallup Organization found the percentage of adults “Confident in Higher Education” …

Excelsior College president, James N. Baldwin, JD, EdD

For 47 years, Excelsior College has served as a model for how innovative institutions can deliver quality, affordable education, contributing to the realization of the fundamental American promise that anyone—regardless of social or economic circumstance—should be free to pursue their dreams. As the College has evolved, so too has the world around us. Private and public …

Excelsior College president, James N. Baldwin, JD, EdD

On July 14, Excelsior College held its annual Commencement in Albany, New York. The ceremony, in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, located a stone’s throw from the state capitol, was attended by staff, faculty, local dignitaries, and more than 400 graduates from throughout the nation and the world, accompanied and cheered on by family …