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Bold, new ventures are drawing students and attention

President Jo Young Switzer and Executive Vice President Dave McFadden, center,
show the campus to Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry (right) and John Urbahns, Fort Wayne community development director.
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Next: School of Pharmacy
Master of Education
Master of Athletic Training
  Fast Forward 4-in-3 year degree
  Triple Guarantee

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College, Fort Wayne community and Parkview Health officials collaborated
in a news conference announcing the
new mid-Fort Wayne site

Kiley Dague ’07 Shepherd teaches kindergarten for Columbia
Elementary School in Rochester, Ind.

Josh Kapla ’10, Nick Smith ’10 and Adam Welcher ’10 in the PERC weight room.

SOME WOULD SAY THIS ECONOMIC CLIMATE IS NO time to be striding forth with bold new initiatives … no time to be asking strangers for millions of dollars to establish a second campus, no time to be suggesting students get even more education.

“This is exactly the time for bold new initiatives,” says President Jo Young Switzer.

Bold. New. Initiatives ... designed to give students more options, more opportunities to find their place in the world.

Manchester College is embarking on three new graduate programs and a Fort Wayne campus – all giving students a mission-focused, competitive compass to careers in these tough economic times:

  • Manchester College School of Pharmacy, on a campus in the heart of Fort Wayne, enhancing financial options for students, for the College and for northeast Indiana

  • Master of Education, identified by the state of Indiana as a model program that will evolve and respond nimbly to the urgent academic and budgetary needs of school districts and their educators

  • Master of Athletic Training, an entry-level program for students of other majors eager to enter a career that is sprinting far beyond the athletic field

As academic leaders work to finalize accreditation for the new master’s degrees and secure financing and a founding dean for the School of Pharmacy, the College continues to draw exciting national media attention (and thousands of applications) for two undergraduate initiatives already in the success column:

  • Fast Forward, giving bright, motivated students in every major opportunity to complete their degree in three years, with summer online core courses
  • Triple Guarantee of financial aid, a degree in four years and a job within six months of graduation

The College has received more than 900 inquiries for the fall 2010 class from students interested in Fast Forward, which has tripled enrollment since it was introduced in fall 2008, reports Adam Hohman ’01, interim director of admissions. Hear more about the program from coverage by the Fort Wayne CBS television affiliate at

Media pounced on the College’s 4-in-3 years bachelor’s degree story after President Obama and Indiana’s governor called for affordable, creative new avenues to educating for and adjusting to a shrinking economy. “My editor said I should be sure to talk to you about three-year degrees,” said the reporter from USA Today. Manchester students and enrollment experts continue to tell their stories (the Manchester story!) – to The Wall Street Journal, television stations, and daily newspapers.

Enrollment is under way for fall 2010 for two new master’s degrees that will add versatility and marketability to students’ resumes.

“Manchester asked area educators what kind of graduate curriculum would best serve their schools,” says Dr. Korrine Gust ’83, director of the Master of Education program. The result is a flexible graduate program of evening and online courses that will respond nimbly to issues confronting preschool through 12th grade educators as they arise.

“If there are teacher shortages in specific fields, Manchester can embed courses within its program to qualify teachers for those needed licenses,” Gust notes.

With 20 percent of its undergraduates studying to become educators, the master’s degree is a natural for Manchester College. MC graduates are in schools and school district offices in almost every Indiana county and across the nation.

The new entry-level Master of Athletic Training degree also is a nimble response to need. Only 20 such programs exist in the nation, says Dr. Mark Huntington ’76, program director for graduate athletic training education.

About 70 percent of athletic trainers have master’s degrees. The Manchester master’s will prepare and qualify students to take the Board of Certification examination, which leads to the credential of Certified Athletic Trainer (ACT).

Manchester’s two-year master’s degree is designed for people whose bachelor’s degrees are in other disciplines. “That enriches the classroom with a diversity of knowledge and a wider variety of backgrounds and experiences,” says Huntington. “It gives our graduates enhanced versatility in the job market. And it enriches the overall breadth of the athletic training profession.”

Learn more about the College’s new graduate programs, as well as its undergraduate enrollment initiatives online at:

Three new graduate programs, national storytelling, growing enrollment … the word is out: A Manchester College degree is a valuable asset to have in your investment portfolio.


Meet media star Sam Chapman, Class of 2012

SAMANTHA “SAM” CHAPMAN ’12 IS ONLY 19 and already a media star. The political science major is in Fast Forward, intent upon earning her MC degree in three years.

Major television and newspaper reporters have Sam’s number, literally, as President Obama and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels call for affordable degrees that get students into their careers (and the economy) sooner.

"I plan to be an attorney, and this is going to let me get to law school quicker and save a lot of money in the process," she told the Indianapolis Star.

Newspapers and television stations across the nation picked up the story, which the Star filed with The Associated Press. Sam also was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and by WANE-TV of Fort Wayne, which shared its video.

See for yourself! Google Manchester College, Fast Forward and Chapman to read or watch Sam’s and Manchester’s Fast Forward story, or, visit

Next: School of Pharmacy
Fort Wayne campus a comfortable fit for MC mission, northeast Indiana

Parkview Health will help Manchester College transform the Fort Wayne Cardiology office building at 1819 Carew St. into a central Fort Wayne campus in 2012.

“I EARNED MY PHARMACY DEGREE AT MANCHESTER COLLEGE IN FORT WAYNE,” said the pharmacist for the hospital, drug store, retirement center, super store, medical complex (pick one).

In fall 2012, pending pre-accreditation, Manchester will enroll its first future pharmacists in a milestone venture into its first doctoral program and its first permanent campus beyond North Manchester. Located an hour east in Fort Wayne, the school will be the only Doctor of Pharmacy program in northern Indiana.

“Graduate education for pharmacists is a natural fit with Manchester College,” says President Jo Young Switzer. Manchester has a strong reputation in the sciences, particularly for its success in preparing students for medical and graduate school. A mission strong on responsibility for improving the human condition adds to the comfortable fit.

And, Fort Wayne is a good fit for a School of Pharmacy. In addition to numerous medical facilities and opportunities for pharmacy practicum experiences, Fort Wayne offers many amenities that will be attractive to the school’s anticipated 265 students, 40 faculty and staff members and their families.

Meanwhile, Manchester College is making new friends in northeast Indiana and seeking new partnerships in the state and in Washington, D.C., to support the school, anticipated to require about $10 million in startup funding. Already, collaboration with Parkview Health has created an ideal site in the Randallia neighborhood of central Fort Wayne.

“The decision by Manchester College to start a Pharm.D. program in Fort Wayne is a wonderful investment of financial and intellectual capital in our city,” says Mayor Tom Henry. “As the healthcare sector continues to grow in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana, Manchester College’s expansion of professional programs is going to be key in creating the highly skilled, highly educated workforce employers demand.”

The average starting salary for pharmacists exceeds $100,000 and demand in the highly competitive profession is expected to grow more than 20 percent in the coming decade, said Switzer.

Admission to the School of Pharmacy will require two years of pre-pharmacy coursework, which the College offers in its undergraduate curriculum. Already, two dozen students have applied to study pre-pharmacy this coming fall, says Adam Hohman ’01, interim director of admissions. (Pre-pharmacy study at Manchester is not a requirement for admission to the PharmD program.)

While on a separate campus, the pharmacy school will be a part of Manchester College and governed by the Board of Trustees, Switzer said. Fundraising will not compromise giving or the budget of the North Manchester campus of Manchester College, she emphasized. Once established, the School of Pharmacy will be self-supporting with tuition and fees. Surplus will support the College as a whole.

The founding dean will lead the accreditation process, recruit a leadership team and faculty, lead curriculum development and assume fundraisingresponsibilities, says Dave McFadden ’82, executive vice president.

In this issue
When imagination takes form
from the president

Manchester's muscial legacy
A medley of new styles

Committing self in service
Students follow well-traveled alumni paths, connecting abilities with convictions

Bold new ventures
Three new graduate programs

Envisioning a 21st
century Manchester

Master Plan builds on
historic foundations

Philanthropy 101
Bob and Alice Frantz create personal legacy

Profiles of ability and conviction


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