President Matthew A. Scogin ’02 is the 14th president of Hope College. He began his presidency with a bold vision for fully-funded tuition at Hope — an inaugural vision that has grown into the Hope Forward initiative, which aims to ensure access for every student who comes through our doors.
Follow the Money: How Student Loans Derailed American Higher Education
Every student who takes Economics 101 learns the concept of supply and demand—specifically, how a decrease in the supply of a good or resource drives up its cost. Can supply-and-demand theory also explain the rising cost of attending college?
Why the Four-Year Degree is Still the Best “Pathway Program”
While other types of post-secondary education help students land their first job, the 4-year degree program remains the best path to a career that includes advancement and professional growth. However, most students take on debilitating debt to finance their education, and it’s a nearly $2 trillion national crisis.
Rethinking the Economic Model of Higher Education
February 14, 2022 — The discussion around improving access to higher education -- specifically due to the decades-long price increase of a four-year degree -- is typically framed as whether or not college should be free.
To Preserve the American Dream, Improve Access to Higher Ed
January 20, 2022 — College tuition is skyrocketing and enrollment is declining. The American Dream is at stake. In the first of a series of articles, check out what the American Dream means to President Scogin, and why college is the key to accessing it.
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We are pleased to announce that Becky Starkenburg will be Hope’s new Dean of Students. Becky brings a passion for students, a heart for Christian liberal arts education and a broad set of experiences spanning more than two decades. Please join me in welcoming Dean Starkenburg!