Environmental studies major Tiffany Alva '10 fills friends in on her comments before TV cameras at the news conference.

President Switzer gave Congressman Mark Souder his first tour of campus after a news conference on the Triple Guarantee.

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New initiatives bring the College attention in a tough economy
Executive Vice President Dave McFadden '82, here at the November 2008 news conference, serves as the College's authority on the Triple Guarantee.
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“I GOOGLED THREE-YEAR DEGREES AND MANCHESTER COLLEGE kept coming up. I’m doing a story on what colleges are doing to make school affordable in a down
economy and it looks like you’re the experts,” said the New York-based reporter for The Associated Press.

Affordable and accessible college degrees are especially important to Manchester College, which draws many of its students from struggling Indiana counties,
including Elkhart County – which President Obama chose for a February town hall meeting because of its nation-high unemployment rate.

President Jo Young Switzer boldly speaks out in editorials and media interviews about accountability and aff ordability in higher education. She continues to alert politicians and pundits that most independent schools like Manchester are continually self-evaluating and adjusting, drawing on her experience as an accreditation evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

“If we focus on blame, we will miss a timely opportunity to work together to make college affordable to more students,” Switzer told readers of The Indianapolis Star. “Colleges, families and the state and federal government
need to share this responsibility.”

President Switzer’s advocacy for independent colleges found a place in the South Bend Tribune, The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne and in cover stories of such magazines as University Business, American Executive and Advancing Women in Leadership.

In fall 2007, the College rolled out Fast Forward as a way for highly motivated students to finish their degree in any major within three years, without sacrificing any of the opportunities that make a Manchester College
education so valuable. Shared by The Associated Press and television network affiliates, the news spread rapidly, the timing of high interest to parents.

As stock market rollercoaster rides and bank and automaker bailouts erode families’ savings and jobs, other colleges and universities are following Manchester’s lead in offering three-year degrees as ways to save a year of tuition and get a jump on careers.

Manchester continues to seek other initiatives to help students afford higher education. Last fall, the College rolled out a Triple Guarantee of affordability, graduation and results for all full-time students:

  • Financial aid for all students.
  • Graduation within four years.
  • A job or graduate school within six months of graduation.

The guarantees are no stretch for Manchester, where 96 percent of graduates are in jobs or grad school within six months, graduates typically finish in four years, and all receive financial aid.

But the packaging of the Triple Guarantee – amid this shuddering economy – resonates through media reports, blogs and websites for college-bound families across the country. Congressman Mark Souder made his first-ever
visit to campus to join the news conference with his endorsement, giving the College a new friend in Washington.

Executive Vice President Dave McFadden ’82 has become a widely quoted spokesman on making higher education accessible and affordable at Manchester.

The news continues to spread of one small college in northern Indiana that is so proactive, so accessible, so affordable, that it surely must be an expert on the subject and have a story to tell. Indeed.


In this issue
We are in this together
from the president.

The Chime Inscriptions on the 10 bells continue to ring true today.

A legacy of Faith, Learning and Service
Remembering President A. Blair Helman.

International consciousness
Expanding MC horizons on campus and abroad.

The PERC pulses with activity
Bulging at the girders with Spartans, intramurals, classes.

Not your parents' P.E. class
Exercise and sport sciences bring new career opportunities.

Manchester in the spotlight
New initiatives put College in national media.

Profiles of ability and conviction


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