Big things are afoot at Colorado College. After a year of listening and a year of planning, President Jill Tiefenthaler is moving to implement the Colorado College Plan: Building on the Block over the next few years.
“The plan really focuses on not being any certain type or different institution but really being a better Colorado College, and that’s why it focuses on our strengths, the block, the place of learning that we have, and the sort of innovative spirit that we have at CC,” Tiefenthaler said.
The plan includes expanding the summer programs that the school offers, in order to draw students from other institutions and other countries to CC’s campus.
“Part of it is more classes in the two blocks that are here; part of it also having a critical mass of students on campus during those two blocks,” Tiefenthaler said, explaining that the College’s goal is “to create a vibrant academic and social scene on campus during the summer.”
CCSGA President Isaac Green is excited about the opportunities of the changes, in particular with regards to blocks abroad.
“Students will be able to go abroad for a block, all expenses paid. That’s the goal,” Green said.
Green said he hopes that in the not-so-distant future, “Every single student regardless of financial status, regardless of who they are or restrictions they may have, gets to experience an abroad program.”
Additionally, the Building on the Block program will be implementing the new Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching, along with focusing on staff and student diversity.
Another one of the cornerstones of the program will be the renovation of Tutt Library. The new renovations will push the library towards Cascade and also house the Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching.
Parts of the plan have already been set in motion. The Big Idea, Issac Green says is, “a way to promote innovation on campus that is new, different, and extraordinary,” and he hopes to further push the boundaries of entrepreneurship on campus further through the implementation of the CC Plan.
The change won’t happen overnight, as Tiefenthaler notes, saying, “The next step is to have a lot of student involvement as well as with faculty, staff, and others.”
Now that change has been set in motion, it will continue to pick up momentum. While the larger projects outlined by the CC Plan may not go into effect tomorrow, the college has made a plan for change and is excited about its prospects.
While there won’t be a new library next year, Tiefenthaler said that she hopes, “To really take the energy of getting all of those ideas and keep it going through to implementation.”
Charles Simon, Guest Writer