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Update from Associate Dean for Strategy and Innovation

An update from Davis Schneiderman, PhD

While remaining true to our liberal arts tradition, Lake Forest College is actively exploring new program development and curriculum revision among our faculty. In recent years the College has added new programs in digital media design, print and digital publishing, and entrepreneurship, among others. Your support as a member of the Loyalty Circle is essential to our ability to keep the College on the leading edge. As Associate Dean for Strategy and Innovation, I’m pleased to share with you several exciting initiatives that promise to further enhance the College’s reputation and attract new students.

We are considering, for instance, a data science program. Its potential addition will allow students to tap into the analytical and computational expertise of our faculty in new ways, while addressing a growing need among employers for workers with competencies in data management, analysis, and application. We are also always considering other new curricular innovations, and the College’s Digital Chicago grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is creating a culture of digital humanities through 20 faculty and students research projects. Our new VirtualSpace (virtual reality) and MakerSpace (3-D printing and more) are also exciting new developments.

We are also engaged in ways to attract academically qualified college transfer students originating from greater Chicago. Academic and career counseling are among a range of services we are using to optimize relationships with these institutions and their prospective students. These students will arrive on campus assured of an academic program within their preferred field of study, along with second-to-none resources to guide them along their career pathway.

We are also very excited about our very successful summer school, which is of strong interest to college students from around the country who are home in Chicago’s North Shore for the summer. These students are able to join our current Foresters in taking courses taught by Lake Forest College faculty in order to fulfill credits at their home institution.

Similarly, area high school students can take these courses for college credit. Spread across three distinctive summer terms, college and high school students can take everything from Calculus to the Summer Flora of the Great Lakes to Introduction to Virtual Reality and much more. More information can be found at lakeforest.edu/academics/summer and I encourage you to share these opportunities with high school and college students you may know.