Author Archives: Don Laackman

About Don Laackman

I am the president of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. I am interested in the role of higher ed to help students lead meaningfully better lives and pursue successful careers.

The Hope Gap: Helping Adult Students Overcome Barriers to Fulfilling Careers

This article first appeared in Higher Ed Today.  According to a survey commissioned by Champlain College Online, many adults aged 23 to 55 without a bachelor’s degree are dissatisfied with their careers. They are not making enough money. Their work doesn’t interest them. They have limited opportunities for advancement, or they simply want to find a better […]

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March Update

I wanted to provide you with this update on what is happening at Champlain College. Munich Cyber Security Conference Last month, I traveled to Munich to participate in the Munich Cyber Security Conference, an offshoot of the Munich Security Conference. This exclusive gathering brought together business, government and IT executives from around the world to discuss cyber issues. […]

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December Update

As we head to the December break, I wanted to share updates of recent developments at the College. Gaming and Careers A group of our 2013 Game major graduates were in town for a wedding of one of their classmates a few weeks ago, and they visited the College to see what is going on. […]

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February Update

To Members of the Champlain Family: In addition to bringing Vermont’s most significant snowfall in recent memory, the last month has been a busy one for the College. Here is what has been going in the last month: Traditional Undergraduate Enrollment While the overall recruitment cycle remains uncertain with early and prior year FAFSA and […]

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Fall Update

We are back from the Thanksgiving break and our students, staff and faculty heading into the last two weeks of class before finals. Here is what has been going on since my last update to you: Enrollment Due to federal changes related to the FAFSA,  families may now apply for financial aid much earlier in […]

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Fall Updates

To Friends of Champlain College: We are finally enjoying a cool snap in the morning, and our students are making the transition from cargo shorts and flip flops to pullovers and hiking boots. Here is what has been going on since my last update: Opening Weekend I began move-in day on August 26 for our […]

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