ERIC Number: EJ905905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
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America's Financial Future, Civic Engagement
Stollman, Jennifer A.
PS: Political Science and Politics, v43 n2 p343-346 Apr 2010
Institutions of higher learning reflect the philosophies, environments, and resources of their location. Fort Lewis College sits in the San Juan Mountains, a part of the Rocky Mountain chain in southwest Colorado. Throughout its history, the College has successfully transformed itself to suit the needs of its students. Flexibility is demonstrated in frequent changes in focus, curriculum, student population, and programming. Founded as an agricultural high school in 1911, the College transitioned to a two-year college in 1927, implemented an agricultural and mechanic two-year degree program in 1933, assumed junior college status in 1948, and finally, in 1962, became a baccalaureate degree-granting institution that centered its educational objectives around a liberal arts philosophy. Additionally, the College's diverse faculty and student population impact the curriculum and programs. Students of differing classes, ethnicities, regions, and faith traditions share intellectual and physical space. Presently, the student population is just under four thousand, and there are approximately two hundred tenure or tenure-track faculty. Eighteen percent of the student population is native, representing over 125 different nations, but principally the Navajo nation. These statistics require the College to adjust its curricular objectives to suit the intellectual levels and goals of its students.
Descriptors: Tenure, Two Year Colleges, Educational Objectives, Navajo (Nation), Liberal Arts, Citizen Participation, College Faculty, American Indian Education, Student Needs, Culturally Relevant Education, Student Diversity, Educational Environment, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado