Thursday, December 6, 2018

Guilford College and Every Campus a Refuge...A Case Study

The Association of American Colleges & Universities featured Guilford College in North Carolina in the group's December News, "Every Campus a Refuge: Guilford College's Powerful Effort to Help Refugees Resettle." The case study provides background information on the college and community Every Campus a Refuge (ECAR) initiative has hosted forty-two people from a variety of countries.

Diya Abdo, associate professor of English at Guilford served as a catalyst for the effort. She worked with campus administrators and Guilford's Center for Principled Problem Solving (CPPS) to both meet needs of refugees and develop links to Guilford's curriculum that include a cohort-based Principled Problem Solving Experience (PPSE) Minor.

Over 150 students, faculty, staff, and community members have participated in providing "...refugees with an on-campus faculty house, furniture from the college’s warehouse, and utilities including water, electricity, and internet. They also give families food from the campus’s farm on weekly basis, and in some cases they provided a semester of cafeteria meals. ECAR organizes donation drives for other items like clothes, food, and toys, and refugees can use bikes that had been abandoned or confiscated on campus."
You can visit the Guilford website for more information on Every Campus a Refugee or the Center for Principled Problem Solving (CPPS) that supports initiatives designed to solve real-world problems by applying the knowledge and skills gained through hands-on education and innovative research.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bowdoin New Roux Center Symbolizes Environmental Commitment


Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine dedicated a new building symbolizing an institutional focus on the environment. Named the Roux Center, it was built to the highest standards of “green” architecture and earned a LEED Platinum certification.


The Center was funded by a lead gift of $10 million from David and Barbara Roux and it was designed to bring together faculty and students from across the College’s curriculum, fostering collaboration and creativity in the teaching and study of the environment.
You can read more details of the design process and construction of the Roux Center's innovative features in "Bowdoin's new Roux Center isn't just another academic building," with reporting by Maureen Milliken in Mainebiz and published on October 10, 2018.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Marian University and Saint Joseph's College Partner to create new 2-Year College

Gregg Toppo reports for Inside Higher Ed in "Marian, Saint Joseph's to Open 2-Year College," that Marian University of Indianapolis and Saint Joseph's College of Rensselaer, IN are planning to partner in the opening of a new institution in Indianapolis.  The partnership will be known as Saint Joseph's College of Marian University-Indianapolis.  You can read a press release on the Saint Joseph's web site.

Saint Joseph's was founded in 1891 and operated briefly as a minor seminary from 1925-1931. Collegiate programs were added again and a full baccalaureate program was operating by the end of the decade. A second campus was opened in Calumet, IN after 1951 and evolved to become what is now Calumet College of St. Joseph. Saint Joseph's suspended classes in 2017.

Marian University was founded in 1851 as St. Francis Normal School for Women in Oldenburg, IN. It became Immaculate Conception Junior College in 1924. The institution moved to Indianapolis in 1937 and the name changed to Marian College. The name changed again to Marian University in 2009.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Editorial Reflections on Success of Sweet Briar

I've been traveling for a few weeks and am a bit late in posting a link to another wonderful editorial, "More accolades for Sweet Briar," on September 20, 2018 by The Roanoke Times.  The author used the recent release of U.S. News college rankings as an opportunity to reflect on events of recent years as Sweet Briar alumni stepped up to take a more active role in support of the institution.

Newspapers can provide an important service with insightful reporting and editorials on local colleges that go beyond reprinting of institutional press releases.  

You can also read a post on the College History Garden blog from March 8, 2015, "Lessons from Sweet Briar...a reminder of how we benefit from a good editorial page," that highlights both The Roanoke Times and The News & Advance from Lynchburg, VA.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Detroit's Cradle-to-College Initiative

Crain's Detroit Business published "Kresge puts $50 million behind Marygrove 'cradle-to-college' center," with reporting on a major effort to set up a "cradle-to-college" / P-20 center on the campus of Marygrove College.  The groundbreaking initiative brings together collaborating organizations, including the UM School of Education, Detroit Public Schools Community District, the Marygrove Conservancy and Marygrove College, Starfish Family Services, IFF and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center of the University of Detroit Mercy

Kresge and the various partners are working with neighborhoods surrounding the Marygrove campus to make a long term impact through economic development and educational attainment.

Small College Garden post on February 16, 2018, Two Detroit Publications Provide Excellent Reporting on Changes at Marygrove College, provides information on Margrove's decision to end undergraduate programs and restructure its mission as a graduate-only institution.

Another post on the College Towns & University Cities blog on February 15, 2018, "The University of Detroit Mercy: Working with Neighbors to Enhance Quality of Life," provides information on the University of Detroit Mercy's commitment to its local neighborhoods.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Colleges Preparing Students for Purposeful Work


The Chronicle of Higher Education posted an interesting article by Kelly Field, "How Colleges Help Find Purpose in Their Work," on September 2, 2018. Field focused on Bates College and other liberal-arts colleges seeking to clarify the connections between classroom and career, and to prepare students for lives of meaningful work.

You can also read an earlier Small College Garden post on Bates College and their concept of Purposeful Work from Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Preparing for the Future: Purposeful Work and a New Science Building at Bates College.

The Wendell Berry Farming Programs Enrolling Students Again

Linda Blackford of the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader reported on The Wendell Berry Farming Program in "‘A guiding light.’ Why Vermont students are farming in Wendell Berry’s backyard."  Blackford interviewed a number of people involved with The Wendell Berry Farming Program that is now enrolling students again "...after a two-year hiatus, precipitated by the unexpected closing in 2016 of St. Catharine College in Springfield, (KY) where the program was based. This time, however, the program’s home will stay in Henry County, even if it’s new collegiate partner is at Sterling College in Vermont."  
Blackford provides a good overview of the program and how it fits with Sterling College's mission of environmental stewardship through a work college model.  You can also read more about Sterling College of Vermont and the Work College model in previous posts on the Small College Garden: 
     Thursday, August 25, 2016, Spotlight on Sterling College as a model Work College.
     Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Focus on Work Colleges: Lower Levels of Student Borrowing and Debt.