American Dreams – Reaping The Benefits Of College Education

As economic hardships continue to carve their mark deeper into the lives of Americans, university enrollment is declining. Richard Whitehead discusses the benefits that education has for the rising generation of youth and how Southern Virginia University has been able to battle economic hardships by providing scholarships to 90% of their students.

Most universities pack students into classrooms to reduce education costs, however Southern Virginia University is taking a different approach referred to as “the genius of small.” The average class size is fifteen students and each professor knows his or her students. When a class member stops attending class they are noticed and others reach out to them.

Not only is the quality of education superior in comparison to other universities, but acceptance into postgraduate school is 80%.

About the Guest:

Richard Whitehead is the acting president & vice president of institutional advancement at Southern Virginia University.

Dr. Whitehead joined the Southern Virginia staff in Aug. 2003. A strong believer in education, Dr. Whitehead spent much of his time from 1971 to 2000 associated with Dixie State College where he was co-founder and member of the National Advisory Council, president of the Alumni Association, member of the board of trustees and president of the Foundation. In 1997, he was named the executive director of institutional advancement at Dixie State College. On May 5, 2000, at the college’s commencement exercises the Utah State Board of Regents awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

He served as president of the England Bristol and England Birmingham Missions from July 2000 to July 2003.

A.S., Dixie College, 1965; B.S., Brigham Young University, 1970; D.D.S., Creighton University, 1970