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Where have all the backpacks gone?

In my 30 years serving higher education, there have been many enduring images that have stuck with me: everything from students struggling with debt; to schools struggling with enrollment and retention; to general concerns about accessibility and outcomes.  Sometimes the “images” were represented by actual images... The first was a tongue-in-cheek phrase about educational marketing. Called “Three and a Tree,” it came to symbolize schools’ attempts to reflect both the diversity of their student body, and the bucolic nature of campus life on the greensward. Brochure and website images were generally of a small group (three) of racially and gender diverse and…

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