Karen Gross Society Guru

Karen is #6 LinkedIn Global Top Voice 2018 - Education. She was also an Education Top Voice in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She is an educator and an author. Prior to becoming a college president, she was a tenured law professor for two plus decades. Her academic areas of expertise include trauma, toxic stress, consumer finance, overindebtedness and asset building in low income communities. She currently serves as Senior Counsel at Finn Partners Company. From 2011 to 2013, She served (part and full time) as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. She was the Department's representative on the interagency task force charged with redesigning the transition assistance program for returning service members and their families. From 2006 to 2014, she was President of Southern Vermont College, a small, private, affordable, four-year college located in Bennington, VT. In Spring 2016, she was a visiting faculty member at Bennington College in VT. She also teaches part-time st Molly Stark Elementary School, also in Vt. She is also an Affiliate of the Penn Center for MSIs. She is the author of adult and children’s books, the most recent of which are titled Breakaway Learners (adult) and  Lucy’s Dragon Quest. Karen holds a bachelor degree in English and Spanish from Smith College and Juris Doctor degree (JD) in Law from Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law.


An A+ Punishment for Felicity and Others: Create Cy Pres Awards

Those pleading guilty in the college admissions scandal can donate large sums of money to a cy pres fund that benefits low income kids and the non-elite small colleges that serve them.


Education’s Many Stakeholders

In 2005, we published an article in University Business on the importance of educational institutions recognizing, listening to and considering the influence and voices of these stakeholders in the academic enterprise: students, parents, communities and employers.


HIMSS: Thoughts on Conference's Value

This is, I think, my final piece sharing my thoughts about the HIMSS 2019 Conference. I had wanted to report and reflect on the value of this conference, attended by some 43,000 individuals engaged in one way or another in healthcare delivery and improvement.  


HIMSS Day Four: Opportunity for Data Release

Lots of organizations use the HIMSS conference as the location to release new products, new studies, new personnel changes. I have been witnessing this all during and just before and after the conference. I have received a myriad of press releases and emails. I suppose it makes sense from a public relations and uptake standpoint: release new information (devices, data) when there is a ready-made audience of 44,000 people, give or take.


HIMSS Day Three: A WOW on Wearable Devices and Usable Programs

To be candid, I was getting worried about this HIMSS conference. There were abundant presentations and exhibits but at least for me, they seemed too theoretical or too technical. Many were at the 30,000 foot level. Many were engineer driven. The words “interoperable,” and “silos” and “coordinated efforts” and “shared efforts” were repeated again and again.