Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Call for more UltraSmall Colleges

"Why We Need Tiny Colleges," provides an interesting rationale for considering small colleges and reflects a call similar to one issued last year by Susan Henking, president of Shimer College, when she urged consideration of an Artisanal College Movement.  

Marcus Ford argues that we are more likely to see a focus on students at smaller institutions.  His article refers to some better known small institutions like Deep Springs College in California and Sterling College in Vermont.  Ford also mentions several lesser known initiatives to create new smaller institutions:  Flagstaff College in AZ, Outer Coast College in Sitka, AK and Thoreau College in Viroqua, WI.  The article for yes! magazine and it was posted August 26, 2016.  
In addition, Ford provides a link to the site of UltraSmall Colleges that provides some more information and has links to a few other small institutions.
You can scan through previous posts on the Small College Garden blog with links to additional articles on Sterling College, Outer Coast College, Shimer College, and other similar institutions.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Interesting Approach for Financing Solar Panels at Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College is featured in Atlanta magazine for the novel approach used by the institution to finance placement of solar panels on the roofs of campus building.  The article, "Agnes Scott College leased its roof space for solar energy," provides information on how the institution solved a couple of problems.  The author notes that if small institutions would like to use solar panels, they will have a substantial outlay of funds and if they are non-profits, they will not be able to directly take advantage of programs using federal tax credits.  Agnes Scott worked with Georgia Power and private investors, who could access the tax credits and use depreciation for tax advantage. to finance the installation of solar panels.

Agnes Scott College is located in Decatur, Georgia and enrolls just over 900 students.

Spotlight on Sterling College as a model Work College

Kevin Picard of Seven Days interviewed students and administrators at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont for his fascinating article, "Students Work It at Sterling College."  Picard provides details of Sterling's Work College model where students integrate work within their academic program.  Sterling College was founded in 1958 and currently enrolls one hundred thirty students.


Schreiner University: Partnership Leads to a Successful Online Program

Maxine Joselow's "A Novel Way to Launch an Online Program," provides interesting insights into the development of Schreiner University's online nursing program.  As a small institution, Schreiner faced the twin hurdles in front of many colleges, limited funds to invest in a new program and lack of expertise.  Joselow reports that Schreiner's approach that features partnerships with iDesign and area hospitals promises greater institutional control over what is offered and the revenues that are generated.  The article was published by Inside HigherEd on August 23, 2016.

Schreiner University is located in Kerrville, Texas and enrolls just over 1,200 students.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Beacon College: Enrollment Growth and Expansion of Facilties

The Leesburg, Florida Daily Commercial reporter Roxanne Brown wrote a lengthy article, "Beacon College continues its march across downtown," focusing on growth and success of Beacon College.  Fall enrollment of just over 300 students is a new record and Beacon is achieving success with higher retention and graduation rates.  Brown interviewed Beacon president George Hagerty who shared information about the institution's commitment to downtown Leesburg and the investment Beacon is making to acquire and upgrade facilities.  Beacon College was founded in 1989 with a commitment to serve students diagnosed with learning differences.


Unity College: Positive Impact on Maine's Economy

The Writing Maine blog offers an interesting post, "Unity College helping reverse Maine's 'brain drain'" that expands on an August 19, 2016 news release from the institution.   The post notes that enrollment this fall will likely reach 700 students, setting a record for the third year in a row, and Unity intends to use this achievement as a springboard for honoring their alumni throughout the year.

Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, Unity's president, provides an overview of how the institution is positioning itself to serve as a model for preparing students to meet environmental and social challenges.  A link is also provided to a YouTube video with comments from earlier this year by Dr. Khoury explaining the important role of partnerships
You can also visit the Unity College website to see the initial news release or find out more information about the institution.



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Black Mountain College serves as focus for fall festival at St. Andrews University

An article in The Laurinburg (NC) Exchange, "SAU puts spotlight on Black Mountain College, " highlights fall activities at St. Andrews University.  The Black Mountain College Festival begins August 26th and concludes in mid-November.  

There will an initial opening panel discussion to educate students and the community on the history of Black Mountain College that operated from 1933-1956.  Other activities will include poetry and prose readings, art exhibits, and dance performances.

Dr. Ted Wojtasik, St. Andrews faculty member serves as co-chair for the festival encouraged public participation in the various events.  Wojtasik and Dr. Tim Beach-Verhe, St. Andrews dean of students, are both interviewed for the article and emphasize the continuing influence of Black Mountain College on St. Andrews and other higher education institutions.

Black Mountain College with its reputation for innovative approaches to the arts and education has been the focus of a number of recent books, magazine articles, and exhibitions.