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.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Survival of the Smartest...Excellent Reporting on Status of Higher Education in Vermont

The Seven Days website offers an excellent post, "Survival of the Smartest: Vermont's Colleges Must Adapt as Pool of Potential Students Declines," on August 29, 2018.  Reporter Molly Walsh interviewed a number of people representing Vermont's various higher education sectors and integrates a lot of data to present an interesting overview of issues faced and the institutional responses.  

Walsh deftly weaves together information on specific institutions in the article and also includes a really useful Tableau data dashboard.  Readers can select a specific institution then review changes in enrollment over 10-years, revenues and expenditures, source of students, and admissions rates.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

New 2-Year Nonprofit College Opening in Chicago


The college is founded by "...the Instituto del Progreso Latino, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to helping Latino immigrants further their education, Instituto College will welcome its first class of about 24 students into a pilot nursing program."  You can visit the college website for more information.
The Daily Nurse posted a short audio clip with an article by Christina Morgan, "JPMorgan Chase Funds Community College Nursing Program Targeting Chicago’s Latino Community," with details of a major investment to assist the startup.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Preparing for the Future: Purposeful Work and a New Science Building at Bates College

Jenny Anderson published an article, "One college finally designed a liberal arts education fit for the future of work," for Quartz.  Anderson interviewed Clayton Spencer, president of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and explores how the institution is offering a liberal arts curriculum that provides opportunities for students to prepare for purposeful work and life after college.
You can visit the Bates College website for more details on the Purposeful Work initiative that helps "...students discover the joy and power that arise from aligning who they are with what they do. It builds on the work that students do in class, in the arts, on athletic teams, with clubs and organizations, and through community engagement."
The college also recently announced a campaign for a new science building with construction planned to begin next year.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Maine Media Workshops Granted Candidacy Status by NEASC



Lauren Abbate, reports in "A little art school on Maine’s coast takes big step toward greater recognition" for the Bangor Daily News that Maine Media Workshops + College of Rockport, Maine was granted candidacy for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) last month.


The institution was founded in 1973 as Maine Photographic Workshops by David H. Lyman.  It grew to offer film, television and AA degree programs as Rockport College. A MFA program was added in 1995.  Ownership changed in 2007 and Maine Media Workshops were incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3.