State Of The College

April 22, 2010

Developing partnerships and links with the city of Alliance is a high priority for Mount Union College, according to college president Dr. Jack L. Ewing at the State-of-the-College Address on April 11.

Among other guiding principles that drive the College, Ewing views partnership with the surrounding community as a necessity to the survival of both Mount Union and Alliance. "The future of Mount Union College and Alliance, Ohio are inextricably linked? We need to be partners."

Ewing also addressed the College's completion of the self-study required every ten years by its accrediting agency, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Formal documents regarding the results of the study will be received in nine weeks, and the College will be informed of re-accreditation in the fall semester, he said.

Ewing also shared statistics that demonstrate the College's growth since the last accreditation was completed ten years ago. He mentioned that more than 330,000 square feet are new or have been renovated, 80 percent of faculty have earned terminal degrees, and there has been a marked increase the number of female, minority, and international faculty.

While Ewing is pleased with the College's progress, he admits that there is still work to be done. "We know we can't be satisfied with where we are right now. We have to move ahead? We have to guard against complacency." He mentioned diversity as an area in need of improvement. "We're not close to being where we need to go," Ewing said.

Throughout the address, Ewing mentioned "raising the bar" in various areas of the college, including innovation, community, personal development, and academic excellence, which he considers the College's highest priority. "The only way we can truly grow is to stretch," Ewing said.

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