Monday, April 22, 2013

A Transformative Educational Experience - Wellesley College

Spotlight: Wellesley College

A Transformative Educational Experience

For this Spotlight Post, I wanted to incorporate more videos than text when describing the college  . . . I hope you have enjoyed these videos about Wellesley College.

Wellesley College, located west of Boston, is a private women's liberal-arts college located in Wellesley, MA. With a student-body of approximately 2,300 students, the college has 56 departmental and interdepartmental majors (including STEM programs) with the average class size of 17 to 20 students.  In an earlier post, I wrote about Wellesley ‘s exceptional Astronomy Program, click here to read the post. 

Wellesley's motto, "Not to be ministered unto but to minister," (To provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world) is what Wellesley College is all about. As you can see in the above videos, Wellesley women enjoy both serious studies and serious fun!

From the Wellesley’s Web site:

"We are committed to being a scholarly beacon of light for women around the world who want to make a difference. Wellesley’s devotion to academic distinction pervades the campus.

You can see it in the caliber of our faculty. Wellesley professors are outstanding scholars whose love of teaching illuminates a classroom. Faculty members respect students for their intellect, their attention to scholarship, and what they can bring to the classroom experience.

You can see it in the breadth and depth of academic programs, research opportunities, international study, and internship experiences—where an interdisciplinary emphasis encourages broader learning and more creative insight into problems, allowing a student to deepen her understanding of the world and of herself.

You can see it visible on our campus. Look around.... You'll find state-of-the-art labs, studios, instructional technology, athletic facilities, and a nationally-known museum. The campus embodies the hopes and aspirations of generations of pioneering women scholars who built and maintained a physical space that would instruct and inspire them in their work. Its varied landscapes reflect the diversity of thought and approach that is central to the Wellesley experience.

For more than 135 years, women have come here to teach, to learn, to discover, and to grow. If you join us, you become part of our shared enterprise that extends far beyond the campus and the times in which we live."

The Wellesley College Campus (From the Wellesley College's Web site)

"Wellesley College, outside of Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the most beautiful campuses in North America.

Wellesley's 500 acres include a private lake, a golf club, groves of conifers and hardwoods, and winding paths through open meadows. Stunning brick and stone buildings rise from wooded hills. From almost every window on campus, the view opens out to an inviting vista—through pine trees to the shores of Lake Waban, down sweeping lawns to century-old oaks with magnificent gnarled branches.

The landscape has always been central to the identity of Wellesley College and to the experience of its students. Henry Fowle Durant, who founded the college in 1870 (it opened in 1875), believed that young women should be educated in the midst of beauty. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. described Wellesley's landscape in 1902 as "not merely beautiful, but with a marked individual character not represented so far as I know on the ground of any other college in the country." Glacial topography, he believed, gave the campus "its peculiar kind of intricate beauty.""

Click here to learn more about Wellesley College.

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