March 22, 2012
The staff of the Eagle’s Eye has graciously offered me the chance to write this column, an opportunity which I am pleased to accept.
I am passionately committed to student learning and to Sierra Nevada College. Nationwide, higher education is at the beginning of a revolution that could transform student learning. Current research reveals that too many colleges are characterized by large classes where students sit quietly in lectures and where they rarely interact with faculty members inside or outside the classroom. In short, students are spectators.
At SNC, we are different. Here, learning is not a spectator sport—we actively engage students. Common sense and research both suggest that deep learning occurs when one is truly connected. Great colleges—and I consider SNC one—design curricular and co-curricular activities that engage students’ hearts and minds. That is where the magic of learning occurs. We are truly at the frontier of education, and I am convinced that the future of higher education depends on the types of innovation our faculty routinely produce here.