ERIC Number: ED455721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Tusculum College. Exemplars.
This paper describes the initiatives of Tusculum College, Tennessee, to reverse a pattern of steady decline in enrollment, campus morale, academic standards, financial support, and institutional reputation. The tide began to turn when Tusculum, after a broad and inclusive search, hired its 25th president, Robert E. Knott in 1989. During his term, which lasted more than 10 years, Knott worked with the campus community to create a legacy of revitalization that steered the college on a positive course and continues to guide it in an innovative model of reform. As an early step in the revitalization, the faculty engaged in a year of strategic planning that centered on what made Tusculum different from other small liberal arts colleges. Working together, the faculty developed a civic arts initiative characterized by civic engagement, a core commons curriculum, a focused calendar, a competency evaluation program, and a civic arts learning project for each undergraduate that includes volunteer activities and service learning. As academic and governance reforms began to bear fruit, the college was able to focus on its fiscal situation to increase annual giving and renovate older buildings. A new president took office in June 2001. He sees as high mission the continuance of the revitalization, increased accountability, and the development of a system of performance assessment to meet the challenges of the future. The final section offers suggestions for "applying the case." (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Knight Higher Education Collaborative, Philadelphia, PA.