Feb. 20, 2013

Geneseo Promotes Liberal Arts Mission Across Higher Ed

Campus Green

By Laura Vitto

Source: The Lamron

GENESEO, N.Y. - As a public liberal arts college, Geneseo is making strides toward increasing liberal arts education’s profile in the local, statewide, national and international higher education landscapes.

In the local arena, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carol Long said Geneseo is pushing ahead with community engagement through work with county and community agencies to help improve the quality of life. Citing alumnus Greg O’Connell’s ‘64 revitalization efforts in Mount Morris, Long said the college is playing a significant role in helping to improve the surrounding areas.

According to Long, Geneseo has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since its inception.

Statewide, Geneseo is working with the State University of New York as well as other New York institutions of higher education to focus on using technology to foster more collaborative education.

“NITLE really tries to bring the benefits of that digital technology to smaller campuses and to keep smaller campuses abreast of innovations,” she said, adding that members of the organization “have the notion that, particularly smaller institutions, need to collaborate more effectively than we have in the past … we need to share ideas and resources.”

Long cited the SUNY Language PACT (Pipeline-Access-Culture-Technology) initiative, which she said seeks to foster collaboration between SUNY campuses to make language studies more available. She said initiatives like this one would likely involve courses with both online and offline components.

On a national scale, Long said that Geneseo has worked to increase the role of liberal arts in higher education. Long said public liberal arts colleges have a “prominent role to play” with a “terrific price point in the market.” Geneseo, she said, offers “an education that isn’t hideously costly, and yet is really high quality.”

On an international level, Geneseo is working to increase global education in its students’ lives. According to Long, starting in fall 2013, Geneseo will serve as a part of the American Council on Education Internationalization Laboratory, an 18-month program featuring 10 to 12 schools that helps support self-studies of international programs. ACE will send representatives to Geneseo to help form a team meant to review all international curriculum programs and to raise the level of engagement with other institutions in the program.

Long said Geneseo also has multiple connections to campuses worldwide through both SUNY and its own international efforts. Through SUNY, the campus offers dual degree programs with universities in Turkey, Mexico and Russia. Long added that Geneseo is also working with Bath Spa University in England to formulate a consortium of 10 to 12 institutions to look at liberal arts education internationally.