Sometimes, many times, it takes the right set of circumstances, the right environment, for young adults to first realize, then explore, and ultimately embrace, not only our own identity, but the innate leadership skills within each of us. And of course, it takes able mentors, coaches, and peers to help bring out these important traits as well.
At Landmark College, our faculty and staff, along with many of our students, have implemented programs that introduce, encourage, and enhance leadership opportunities for our students. As the college of choice for students who learn differently, we truly evolve to meet the needs of our bright, deserving students.
Among these endeavors is Landmark College’s membership in the National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition to fostering leadership and networking skills in our students, the program provides an environment in which our students grow through shared experiences and increase their motivation by setting personalized, attainable goals.
Similarly, Landmark College’s Adventure Education program provides the community with activities and classes at the ropes course, indoor rock climbing wall, and outdoor sites in Vermont and neighboring New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as well as classes on and off campus designed to introduce the concepts of reflection and transference.
Adventure Education fosters leadership, critical-thinking skills, and a feeling of success through mastery of skills. More importantly, the program helps students manage transitions and greatly improves their tenacity, self-esteem, and collaboration through closely-guided instruction and reflection.
These programs, and others, including the Student Government Association, help build strategies for success that measurably improve the learning processes and outcomes, and continually strengthen this important institution. And that includes developing the leadership skills needed to thrive throughout life’s journey.
We take great pride in the fact that nine out of every ten students graduating from Landmark College go on to pursue baccalaureate studies. These Landmark Alumni graduate from B.A./B.S. programs at a rate higher than the national average for all students, and at a significantly higher graduation rate when compared to other college students with learning disabilities including dyslexia, ADHD and ASD.
Additionally, as we are committed to our role as a leader in postsecondary education practices, we now offer a graduate-level certificate program in Universal Design and Assistive Technologies. This blended learning (part online, part on campus) professional certificate program strengthens any educator faced with the evolving challenges of LD education, at any grade level.
Our commitment to continued change, growth, and new ideas ensures that students who learn differently will always have access to the programs and services they need for academic success and career advancement. We do all of this together. In doing so, we change the way the world thinks about education, and the way our students think about themselves as leaders.
Peter A. Eden, Ph.D.