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Everybody's talking about Manchester
National college guides find MC a great place to study, work,
succeed and serve

Related links:
Washington Monthly puts MC 14th in nation for service
U.S. News & Word Report: "Great School at a Great Price"
"Great place to work," says The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Princeton Review lauds MC's "excellent academics"

A walk down the third-floor hallway
of the Administration Building has changed little through the ages.

Steep, well-traveled stairwells in the Administration Building are the only access to any of the floors.

The addition to the PERC is
under way for use in fall 2010.

All-conference volleyball player
Christa Peden ’11 will appreciate
the new lockers in the addition to the PERC, under way for use in fall 2010.

"WE BELIEVE THAT A COLLEGE EDUCATION should teach students about their responsibilities to the wider society," said President Jo Young '69 Switzer in response to a reporter's request for a quote about Manchester's entry onto a new national college ranking.

The 2010 college guide of Washington Monthly magazine had just put Manchester 14th among the nation's baccalaureate colleges for its "contribution to the public good."

It was the fourth time within a month that the College was in the news for its appearance on national and Midwest college guide rankings and gave President Switzer lots of opportunity to draw from the Mission Statement:

Manchester College respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

The conclusion of Manchester's five-part Vision Statement is reflected in the Washington Monthly's high marks for Manchester's commitment to helping students from low-income families achieve success and for making service an everyday habit:

… everyone who studies and works here will say "what I do makes a difference."

"Typical" college guides and authorities think pretty highly of Manchester, too. And, in a new accolade, The Chronicle of Higher Education praised Manchester as one of the best college workplaces in the nation.

For the 16th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report includes Manchester among its "America's Best Colleges." In addition to its 18th-place Midwest "Best Colleges" ranking, Manchester remains steadfast among "Great Schools, Great Prices," reports the popular college guide in its 2011 edition.

This year, U.S. News also taps Manchester as one of five Midwest colleges graduating students with the "Least Debt." And, again, The Princeton Review taps Manchester as a "Best in the Midwest," for its excellent academic programs.

"We are pleased that college guides continue to recognize the outstanding value of a Manchester College education," said Glenn Sharfman, vice president and dean for academic affairs. "Manchester College's academic reputation is high because we have an excellent faculty that puts students first. We hold students to high standards and work with them so they can achieve their personal and professional goals."

Students told The Princeton Review the typical Manchester College undergraduate is "very intelligent," "polite and well-read," and "up-to-date on current events." Here's more from The Princeton Review: "There are people into sports, peace, science, math, business, music, theater, etc., and everyone coexists relatively peacefully, forming a great close-knit community."

The Chronicle of Higher Education's third annual report on "The Academic Workplace" is based on a survey of 42,000 employees at 277 colleges and universities, including employees at Manchester.

"It's quite an honor to have Manchester College recognized by the leading news service in higher education," said President Switzer.

Faculty members surveyed by The Chronicle gave high praise for Manchester's teaching environment and tenure clarity and process, noting Manchester recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching. (Tenure track is an internal process for promotion of more senior faculty members who demonstrate strong research, teaching and administrative service.)

Professor Mary Plunkett '83 Lahman, who joined the Manchester faculty in 1996, lists a number of reasons she enjoys teaching at Manchester College, where she chairs the Department of Communication Studies:

  • "Good colleagues who pique student curiosity

  • Professors who understand various students' entry points into subjects as diverse as philosophy, physics and accounting

  • Student-centered activities, both in and out of the classroom, that encourage academic learning, personal growth and civic engagement

  • Service-learning projects, online discussions and learning communities that facilitate learning as 'guide on the side' not as 'sage on the stage'"


In this issue
Many of our new students are really "fresh"
from the president

Peace Garden
In the name of the founder of the oldest peace studies program

Starting from scratch
Low-income, first-gen college students overcome barriers

Amazing online classes and gizmos

Everybody's talking
about Manchester

College guides find MC a great place to study, work, succeed

Philanthropy 101
A multi-million- dollar estate gift

Profiles of ability and conviction

Alumni families share campus photo collections


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