High-impact practices work: Carol Geary Schneider ’67 on the new design for learning

By MHC Development on June 2, 2016 at 2:42 PM

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:

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Candice Hughes '86: Women are making progress in STEM but we're not there yet

By MHC Development on July 31, 2015 at 3:21 PM

I am a PhD level scientist who studied biology at a women’s college, Mount Holyoke. Not content with just attending a women’s college, as an undergraduate I set out specifically to compare educations at a co-ed and a women’s college. To this end, I spent a semester junior year at a co-ed, top liberal arts university. What I discovered was that women at each school behaved very differently.

At this co-ed university, I noticed that, in general, women did not raise their hand in class nearly as often as the men. Women put considerable time and effort into dressing and applying makeup to go to the library and other campus locations. Women did not hold leading positions in many of the campus organizations. In contrast, at Mount Holyoke, women had to answer questions, both because their grades depended on it and because the classes were small and virtually all attended by women. Women had to hold leading positions or the groups wouldn’t exist. As far as clothing, during exam time, it was not uncommon to see my classmates racing to turn in a paper wearing pajamas and slippers. This is not to say that the co-ed university did not support women in being leaders, only that whatever process existed, the outcome was that few women were leaders.

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Mount Holyoke highlighted by the Association of American Colleges & Universities for its Signature Work in community engagement and applied learning

By MHC Development on July 23, 2015 at 9:19 AM

In the centennial annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), President Carol Geary Schneider '67 called on colleges and universities to engage students in "signature work" that prepares them to integrate and apply their learning to real-world issues. A recent article in the AAC&U's Liberal Education highlights MHC's signature work with programs such as The Lynk, the College's curriculum-to-careers initiative. Students are required to participate in an applied learning experience outside of the classroom after their sophomore or junior year.

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Notable women and their alma maters

By MHC Development on July 10, 2015 at 8:45 AM


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Celebrating literature and children's books through art and dance: Luminarium and the Amherst Storybook Project

By MHC Development on June 23, 2015 at 3:15 PM


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The power of alumnae--Sweet Briar College to remain open

By MHC Development on June 22, 2015 at 3:12 PM

"Never doubt that a small group of women can change the world. We saved Sweet Briar!" tweeted a Sweet Briar alum.

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"Mount Holyoke has prepared you, not just well, but extraordinarily well, for the careers you will launch, for the further learning you will seek, and for the lives you want to live." -- Carol Geary S

By MHC Development on May 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM

National education advocate Carol Geary Schneider ’67 told the Mount Holyoke College class of 2015 on Sunday, May 17, that the critical thinking, hands-on learning, and real-world experience they have gained through their college education will prepare them for meaningful engagement in an ever-changing world.

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Mount Holyoke specializes in challenging smart, determined women to take the lead: intellectually, creatively, and globally.

By MHC Development on March 17, 2015 at 10:31 AM

And they do. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights to Arctic explorers, Mount Holyoke alumnae demonstrate what happens when innovation and imagination merge with the ability to think critically. They show how a women’s education rooted in the liberal arts is the best preparation for career success, especially in a time when new fields are emerging every day.

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Shoba Narayan MHCG'87: "An all-women's college changed my life"

By MHC Development on December 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Author Shoba Narayan recently wrote in The National:

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