Chronicle of Higher Education

Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (12/8/2017)

Melissa Gonzalez, vice chancellor and chief of staff at Houston Community College, became interim president at Houston Community College’s Southeast College on December 1. … Silvio Vazquez, dean of admissions at Westmont College, to chief enrollment management officer at Wheaton College, in Illinois. more

One College’s Method to Prove Its Value: Scanning Students’ Brains

Many colleges go to great lengths to encourage their students to study abroad. Is the effort worth it? In an attempt to answer that question once and for all, officials at Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, Calif., are making an unorthodox appeal to science: They’re scanning students’ brains and looking for signs of growth. more

Recovering From Fire, Westmont Orders Temporary Housing and Sets Reopening

Westmont College, which lost a number of buildings Thursday evening when 70-mile-an-hour winds blew a wildfire across its campus, will remain closed until December 1. Crews are working to clean up the campus, and college officials are helping both faculty members who lost their on-campus homes and 67 students whose dormitories and off-campus residences were destroyed or damaged. more