Franklin & Marshall college was mentioned by Selingo (2013) as being well positioned for the future because of adopted strategies demonstrated by the degrees that the school awards. This institution had three tabs: Explore, Experience, and Engage that put me in the mind of the classroom when students are put in the position to be in charge of their own learning. Students are given the opportunity to explore, then research and experience with hands on activities and finally engage and connect with a group of peers to talk and collaborate about the experience to gain more knowledge from peers instead of the teacher.
Under explore is a description about the college which validates my thoughts as the school focuses on a hands-on education where the student have opportunities to apply what was learned in the classroom to help the community and the world (Franklin & Marshall, 2017). This strategy is what positions this institution for the future as students are more in control of their learning through a more student-centered approach (Prensky, 2012). What set this school apart from other higher education institutions were the small classroom sizes, the hands on experiences and the international learning that occurs as students study abroad, which could possibly be replicated by other institutions on a smaller scale with particular majors if the school could not afford to replicate school wide Franklin & Marshall, 2017).
I chose Franklin & Marshall because when you visit the homepage there is an ambiance of welcome that is enhanced by the words, “We want you here (Franklin & Marshall, 2017).” While scrolling down the page, I was intrigued to stop and watch a video of a current student because it made the page more personal to hear a testimony of what the school has done in the life of this student and I could possibly feel the same way if I enrolled. The student spoke of the hands on experiences of working along side a professor in the field that he was studying which made me feel as though I would not only learn at this institution but I would get a chance to experience and apply what I was learning in the process.
Franklin & Marshall. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.fandm.edu
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