“If you decide to go to Bates, I’ll be there with you through the whole process next year.”
— Bates College “swing dean” Michael M. Martinez in the Chronicle of Higher Education on what he tells those he recruits. Martinez is one of two Bates officials who do multicultural admissions one year — and then student transition the next. That allows the “swing deans” to help the very students they’ve recruited. It’s part of a push by Bates to increase diversity.
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.