At Mount Holyoke, programs such as The Lynk allow students to connect their academic work with practical applications. In addition to a liberal education, experiential learning through internships, research, community-based projects, and more offer high-impact experiences for students, giving them a leading edge in a competitive world. In a recent interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Carol Geary Schneider '67 explains how there's a new design for learning now, and there's evidence it works:
"We need to make sure that we have broadly educated career and technical people. They need to understand the world they're part of just as much as anybody else. So we need new designs....
We have evidence that the more students are doing—research, projects, writing-intensive activities, e-portfolios, service learning, things that connect actual problems with the academic learning. The more they do that, the more they're likely to persist in college, and the more they're likely to actually achieve the kind of learning that is described in these big frameworks—the big picture, the strong intellectual skills, a sense of responsibility for how knowledge is used, and the ability to apply knowledge to real problems."
Carol Geary Schnieder ’67 will be retiring from her position as president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities this month and will be succeeded by President Lynn Pasquerella '80.