The 2004-05 issue of America's Best Colleges, the annual ranking of
colleges by U.S. News and World Report, hit the newsstands in August.
Southwestern College was ranked as a TOP TIER Midwestern college!
All of us who work at Southwestern know that the college is extraordinary,
but it feels great when others recognize it. A compliment from a
stranger feels a little different from a kind (and possibly dutiful)
comment by a friend or family member.
Please help us spread the word. Tell your neighbor, your co-workers,
your pastor, the teachers and coaches at your local high school,
and the young people you know, that you are proud to have a connection
to an exceptionally good college.
As always, we need your referrals of students, your offers of internships,
your advice, and your financial support. Talk up SC! The college
will vindicate your support.
wasn't around, but I know from conversations on campus that it wasn't
easy for Southwestern College to make the decision to provide degree
completion programs for working adults.
It wasn't easy for President Carl Martin to convince the college that
providing educational opportunities to older learners would energize
the college instead of diffusing its energies and resources. It wasn't
easy to claim our place in the crowded Wichita educational scene. It
wasn't easy to craft a program that was both academically responsible,
and accessible to working adults.
But Carl, along with professional studies director Marvin Hafenstein
and his staff, persisted.
We've just celebrated the end of professional studies' first decade,
and the rate of evolution is astounding. What started with 19 learners
in a downtown Winfield classroom in 1994 now involves 675 learners,
more than 300 of whom are completing their degrees online. (See page
7 for a full story on professional studies.)
Now we're ready for the next step of our evolution. We're exploring
expansion into Oklahoma. This is happening because we still believe
we have a responsibility to provide educational opportunities to those
who otherwise would be unable to earn a college degree.
The staggering growth in professional studies has come about because
we've looked for opportunities, and worked hard to make these opportunities
Easy? No. But exciting? Absolutely.
Karen L. Pedersen
Vice President for Professional Studies