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From the President
"We are in this together."

Jo Young Switzer
President

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EVEN AMID ECONOMIC CHALLENGE, society has a responsibility to provide a high-quality, affordable college education to those who seek it. Unfortunately, we continue to resort to our old ways:

  • Republicans and Democrats blame each other.
    States blame the feds, and the feds blame the states.
  • Parents and students blame the colleges for high tuition rates.
  • Colleges blame government agencies for expensive mandates.

Blaming gets us nowhere, just further entrenched. Families, colleges, government and donors share responsibility to make college accessible. We absolutely must work together.

Students and families can help, by making better choices with their personal finances, saving more for college by separating “wants” from “needs.” More than 75 percent of Manchester College students have cars on campus, cars that cost thousands of dollars annually to maintain. Students make late-night runs for pizza, even though they have already paid for a food plan. Sacrifices generate important learning about personal finance and deferred gratification.

Colleges must help. Manchester’s financial aid to students comprises more than half our annual budget, exceeding even our payroll. The cost of that student support continues to rise: Over the past decade, Manchester-funded financial aid has soared 114 percent, compared to a 42 percent increase for other expenses.

The federal and state governments help, too. Federal Pell Grants and Indiana SSACI support students with high financial need – students who simply could not attend college without such aid.

Donors are a powerful part of this equation. Their gifts provide scholarships, buildings and support for operations. Their generosity is essential to our students.

Hard economic times are the perfect reason to work together to make college affordable. We are in this together. Our collaboration makes students the beneficiaries.

JO YOUNG SWITZER
President

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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