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:
In July, Sonya Stephens will succeed Mount Holyoke's 18th president Lynn Pasquerella '80, who announced yesterday that she will be stepping down from her role June 30 to lead the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Stephens, currently the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Mount Holyoke, will serve as acting president for three years.
On the relevance of women's colleges in the 21st century, Stephens replies:
A women's college and a liberal education invite students to find meaning and a voice, to see themselves and the world anew, to find strength in who they are and a resolve to be who they want to be... An education for women is synonymous with opportunities, advocacy, and rights for all women, because what a Mount Holyoke education represents at its most powerful is self-determination, and we stand for that for every one of our students, and for every woman."
MHC President Lynn Pasquerella '80 announced today that she will be stepping down from her role, effective June 30, after six years of leading transformative growth at the College. Pasquerella has been named the next president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. She will succeed Carol Geary Schneider '67.
"It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege for me to serve as Mount Holyoke College's 18th president, and I will be forever grateful for the many ways in which the members of this community have shaped both my life and my career," said Pasquerella in a letter to the MHC community.
The Board of Trustees appointed Sonya Stephens, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, to acting president of the College for a period of three years, beginning July 1.
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.
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.
More than 2,000 higher education, industry, and government leaders—including Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella—are gathering in Washington, D.C., January 21–24 to discuss the value of liberal arts education and its role in preparing future global leaders.