In recent months, Hobart and William Smith has received important notices in academic accreditation reviews, student surveys and various guides to help prospective students and their families find the right ?fit? for their college choice. While there is certainly a valid debate on guides and various rankings and their ability to assess actual outcomes of an education, I thought you might be interested in what others are saying about today?s Hobart and William Smith.
While guides offer prospective students a glimpse of the richness of the HWS experience, I was especially pleased that a distinguished visiting committee of academics representing the Middle States Accreditation Team found, that Hobart and William Smith?s "? institutional strength is reflected in the Colleges' sound, principled practices and respect for individuals. ? Through its curriculum, programs, and co-curricular activities, HWS exemplify an environment of justice, equity, respect for diversity, and human dignity. Prime illustrations include the focus on global education, service learning, volunteerism, and community service."
For those of us on campus ? students, faculty and staff ? and those alums and parents who are part of our community, all of this isn't news. Yet it is affirming that our academic peers found great value in the quality of our education and a series of independent observers point to HWS as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation.
It is no coincidence that such an institution would graduate men and women with a broad background who go out and make a difference in this world. This Survey highlights several graduates who have left Geneva and built lives of consequence and meaning. Reyn Levy's important work at the International Rescue Committee and now at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was recognized by the Hobart Alumni Association and detailed on page 2. MP Nunan graduated from William Smith in 1991 and has brought the world back to the United States with her writing and journalistic endeavors. And Steven Gale '69 has dedicated his career to international development and now provides counsel at the highest level of our government.
All of these alums bring great credit to the Colleges and we celebrate their commitment and service.
Mark D. Gearan
Spring 2005 Pulteney St. Survey