This month, journalist Amy Scott, with public radio's Marketplace, covered three topics relating to Vassar: The Trasitions program; the impact of income inequality on tuition; and the Posse Veterans Program.
As reported by Scott, the aim of Vassar's Transitions program—a pre-orientation program for low-income, first-generation, and veteran students—is to make all students feel at home on campus. In its sixth year, the program brings Transitions students to campus several days in advance of the rest of the freshman class to meet, learn about campus support services, attend workshops, and bond. Read more or listen here here.
In a Marketplace radio interview by Scott that lauds Vassar's diversity and notes the college's award of the $1 milion Jack Kent Cooke Foundation prize, President Catharine Bond Hill discusses income inequality and the difficulties faced by colleges when allocating funding for low-income scholarships vs. amenities and other expenses. Listen to the inteview.
Scott's third story focuses on the Posse Veterans Program, now in its third year at Vassar, a collaboration between the college and the Posse Foundation dedicated to successfully recruiting and integrating military veterans to campus life. Each group of veterans—called a posse—receives faculty mentoring and financial assistance and takes an active role on campus. Listen to or read the story here. Scott also interviewed former Army unit supply specialist Karlene Williams '18 and former Marine Keith Kohlmann '18.