This Two-Year Academy Embraces Experimentation. Higher Ed Could Learn Something From It.
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Michelle Jones spent years as a professor at institutions like Concordia University at Portland, Providence College, and the University of Puget Sound. She grew disenchanted, however, believing that colleges emphasized bureaucracy and reputation over student growth and learning.
She dreamed up an institution where students would discover their passions, learn how those interests connect with various systems in the world, cultivate the “soft skills” necessary to succeed, and ponder what makes a good life.
Today, those topics—along with internships and learning experiences at various local businesses and nonprofits—make up the core curriculum of the two-year college known as Wayfinding Academy.