Jo Young Switzer
THESE ARE EXCITING DAYS AT MANCHESTER COLLEGE. When
students returned this fall, they found that our student body had
grown to 1,223, including 426 new students, our largest first-year
class in 26 years. We have added 21 class sections, a new “Outtakes”
dining option, and a lot of fresh paint.
Students also returned to find four new
full-time faculty members who embrace our
mission in the tradition of their predecessors.
As you read the special section in this magazine
about our faculty, I hope you find some of the
people who stretched you when you were here.
Twenty years from now, today’s students will
remember their professors, mentors and
Ultimate Frisbee friends.
This fall, students began a new general
education curriculum – we call it the Core –
that engages students and faculty in learning
that spans academic disciplines. When passionate professors gather to
consider what core classes best serve students, it doesn’t take long to
move into difficult discussions. Even with clear differences of opinion
about what is essential for our students to learn, every decision our
faculty members made was rooted in what is best for the students,
now and into the future.
The result is a curriculum that maximizes interdisciplinary
opportunities, with focus on written and oral communication,
quantitative reasoning and critical thinking. Our mission flows deep
through this new Core, with categories in responsible citizenship and
global connections. We created new courses, new collaborations and
retrofitted old ones to support central learning goals.
Some things just don’t change – won’t change – at Manchester
College: a faculty of ability and conviction, with fervor for teaching.
Students with a growing passion for learning.
This is going to be a great year at Manchester College, I triple
JO YOUNG SWITZER