Stetson President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, offers insights
into the forces reshaping higher education in the new book,
"Commencement: The Beginning of a New Era in Higher Education."
Fla., Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --
Colleges and universities are facing dramatic changes these days
and can no longer operate by the time-honored traditions that have
guided them for so long.
Stetson University President
Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, joins
more than 100 college presidents who offer insights into the forces
reshaping higher education in the new book, "Commencement: The
Beginning of a New Era in Higher Education."
''All of higher education is under great scrutiny," Roellke says
in the new book, "in part because of the increasing and escalating
costs of higher education. The return-on-investment questions are
very, very real."
Stetson, he said, needs to continue
providing an education rooted deeply in the liberal arts while also
ensuring those learnings prepare students for the workforce and are
relevant to the real world.
"I think we have to be laser-focused on giving our students
skills of critical thinking, being able to work across differences,
being able to communicate effectively, and being able to use
technology effectively," he said. "These are all the tools that our
industries are requiring of our graduates."
The book, published in late November, draws on interviews with
Roellke and other higher-education leaders on "The EdUp Experience
Podcast." Roellke spoke to the book's authors during the height of
the pandemic in the summer of 2020, as he took over as Stetson president. He faced not only a global
health crisis but also a wave of social unrest over racial and
other issues in America.
As Stetson's president, Roellke has
emphasized the need for productive dialogue and civil discourse in
addressing contemporary and controversial issues. He, in
collaboration with students, faculty and community members, has
created structures for divergent perspectives to be shared and
debated in an effort to find common ground.
"I think that there's no better place to be, frankly, than an
institution of higher education - where we can have the difficult
conversations and where we have the opportunity to try to meet the
needs of particular communities to provide ample opportunities for
multicultural exchange ... with the hope that we can move ourselves
forward into an engaged and pluralistic society."
About Stetson University
Founded in 1883, Stetson University is
the oldest private university in Central
Florida. Stetson focuses on
intense learning experiences in a supportive community that allows
students to develop their voice in a connected, inclusive
environment. Stetson University ranks
No. 4 on U.S. News & World Report's 2023 list of Best Regional
Universities (South) and has been recognized as one of The
Princeton Review's Best 388 Colleges for 2023.
Cory Lancaster, Stetson University, 386-822-7214,
SOURCE Stetson University