Cornwell, Grant H. “Making Up Your Mind: The Project of Liberal Education.” Rollins College. Warden Arena, Winter Park, FL. 20 Aug. 2015. Convocation & Matriculation Address.
In this speech, Rollins College President Grant H. Cornwell addresses the incoming freshman class and welcomes them to the college. The topic of his speech pertains to the mission of Rollins College and how it is achieved, and also the liberal arts. President Cornwell starts off with the strong message that “Rollins College educates students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, empowering graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers,” and then he goes on to state that “We (Rollins) are dedicated to scholarship, academic achievement, creative accomplishment, cultural enrichment, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. We value excellence in teaching and rigorous, transformative education in a healthy, responsive, and inclusive environment.” These few sentence are an accurate and powerful summation of what Rollins College is all about. President Cornwell then challenges students to reflect on Rollins’ mission and “examine,” how it resonates with their own personal missions. He lets you know that it’s okay not to know yet, to still be “making up your mind,” as the namesake of the speech suggests. President Cornwell overall introduces the incoming freshman class in a powerful, but also comforting way.
Sellers, Evie. “Small College Class Size Benefits.” Small College Class Size Benefits. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2016. <http://education.seattlepi.com/small-college-class-size-benefits-1269.html>.
In this article, the author makes the argument of smaller class sizes in college being more beneficial to students. The author, Sellers, has four points to support her argument: small class sizes give students more “opportunities to ask questions, contribute to discussions,” get to know your professors, and also to get to know your fellow classmates. Sellers devotes a paragraph to each of these points and makes her argument with facts. A small class gives students more opportunities to ask questions because you are not in a large lecture hall with hundreds of students. In fact, class discussions are promoted in small classes. Because you are not in that lecture hall with hundreds of student, the professor is able to facilitate discussions that actually help students to learn better by allowing them to use specific vocabulary in context and engage with your course material. Through these class discussions, students are able to get to know their professors better, which benefits learning and may lead to more opportunities to learn outside of the classroom by having a mentor. Finally, small class sizes allow students to connect with one another more easily which helps not only academically, but personally.
Briggs, Rick. “Writing About Rollins Hamilton Holt: His Inauguration & The Conference Plan.” 1993. Archival Folder #4. Rollins College Olin Library. February 2, 2016.
The Rollins College Conference Plan was the beginning of a long and historical tradition at Rollins. It was the beginning of the liberal arts foundation at our college. The conference plan introduced the idea of a small, connected class that interacted with the students more than a normal college’s lecture halls would. The thinking behind this was if the professors can have a closer relationship with the students, and if they can relate with the students more, they can use that relationship to teach a more effective class. At the beginning of Rollins, this was the main selling point to convince students and their parents to enroll here. This is relevant to the Rollins academic life because it is how we learn today, and it is the beginning of the education system we participate in today. It is important to know the roots of our education plan because if we can totally understand how it was brought to be, what it is meant to provide us, and how we were meant to participate, we can take full advantage of the brilliant opportunity we have.
Hooker, Edward Payson. Calendar of Rollins College, 1888-1889. 1889. MS. Rollins College, Orlando, FL.
Founded in 1885, Rollins was a new establishment with little reputation to boast, but one must not mistake youth for a lack of efficacy. As the institution grew, it became important to those associated with Rollins that they publicize the amenities of the school, including its curriculum and the surrounding Winter Park area. Published annually by the school, a “calendar” was used to elaborate on the various details about what made Rollins a promising place to be, including tuition costs, social life, and the overall Rollins experience. Promoting their work was the school’s founding President, Rev. E. P. Hooker, as well as those whose contributory testimonials vouched for Rollins’s congenial atmosphere and faculty. Affordable because of low attendance costs and inviting because of unique testaments to its character, Rollins made a name for itself early on, evident in the installments of the 1888-1889 calendar.
“3/2 Accelerated Management Program.” Rollins College. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2016. <http://www.rollins.edu/admission/application-guide/admission-options/accelerated-management-program.html>.
This source is useful for the topic of academic life at Rollins because it is about a very prestigious, selective, and rigorous academic program that Rollins offers. The 3/2 Accelerated Management Program allows an undergraduate student to complete their Bachelor’s degree in three years instead of four, and then move up to graduate status and obtain their MBA (Master of Business Administration) in the following two years at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, which is on Rollins campus. So, a student can get two degrees in five years versus the typical six years. As I continue to explore academic life at Rollins, this source will lead me to do research on the Crummer Graduate School of Business.
“Dual Degree Program.” Department of International Business. Rollins College, n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.
I picked this source because I thought that the best way to describe the academic life at Rollins College would be to elaborate on the various programs the school offers. College is more than an academic experience, but the primary reason we all attend college is to get an education to push us toward our goals and create a better future. That being said, Rollins offers various undergraduate and graduate programs that students may enroll in, all with the intent of developing more well rounded members of the community. The Dual Degree Program is one of the various avenues students may take at Rollins, and I ran upon it by perusing the school’s website, looking deeper into the academic tab and searching for something new to touch on.