On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, I met with faculty and staff at our annual meeting to update them on the state of the college and the progress we are making towards our mission of becoming a college of choice for business and leadership education
It’s an exciting time to be at the College. With the new academic building, renovation of our athletic facilities, our record enrollment, and positive retention results, the College is moving forward even in the midst of the six feet of snow we have received so far this winter!
Our planned improvements also extend to enhancing our students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences. Faculty and staff have been working hard to develop and enhance our programs which will inspire and engage students. Some of the ideas that are being developed include requiring experiential learning participation for all students; providing team-teaching and linked course opportunities; and offering one-credit courses in a variety of formats, schedules, locations, and topics.
Another exciting development is our new Emerging Leaders Program. This program kicked off during the fall 2015 with the first-year leadership-based course, LEAD101 Learning to Lead. For students seeking to learn more about leadership through experiential learning opportunities, this co-curricular program will build skills and confidence by engaging students in workshops, Fischer Institute events, internships and community service. First-year students self-select to participate, and we are pleased to report that 28 students have opted into the program, a sign that this program resonates with current students and will appeal to prospective students as well. Students who complete the program will receive a leadership designation upon graduation.
We have much to look forward to this coming year, and I am confident that with the dedication of our hard-working staff and faculty, we are well on our way to becoming the college of choice for business and leadership education.