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Office of the President
Change, growth, new ideas and new opportunities. These make for a great college experience.
As I start my second year as president of Landmark College, I am struck by the importance of listening to our students and their parents as they tell their stories and describe their personal challenges and breakthroughs. Together, we build strategies for success that measurably improve the learning processes and outcomes, and continually strengthen this important institution. As the college of choice for students who learn differently, we truly evolve to meet the needs of our bright, deserving students.
Our Board of Directors recently approved a new five year strategic plan framework defined by clear, structured and bold initiatives. The entire Landmark College community recognizes that change, growth and new ideas are the elements of a progressive, meaningful college experience which provides tremendous value to students and their families.
We take great pride in the fact that nine out of every ten students graduating from Landmark 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.
In keeping with the seminal idea, 27 years ago, of creating a comprehensive college for students who learn differently, and in response to requests by our students we now offer the first Bachelor’s degree in our history – the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. The new degree program allows our students to experience Landmark’s innovative learning strategies and use of assistive technology beyond the scope of our current Associate programs. Of course, this B.A. still provides to students the critical thinking, communications, problem solving and decision skills that today’s employers value – and this B.A. degree provides an excellent foundation for graduate study. While becoming a four-year college changes Landmark in many ways, we will continue to be known as the very best place to pursue a two-year college degree in an environment that helps students “learn how to learn.”
I am also excited that this fall we will launch two new Associate of Science degree programs designed to prepare Landmark students for the fast-growing career opportunities in STEM-related fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Associate of Science in Life Sciences is a broad program that will allow students to get their start in the exciting fields of natural and health sciences, environmental science, and more. The Associate of Science in Computer Science/Gaming will prepare students to continue their studies in such fields as computer science, game design, cyber security, mobile app development and interactive computing technologies.
Additionally, as we are committed to our role as a leader in postsecondary education practices, this fall we will offer a professional development certificate in Universal Design and Assistive Technologies. This blended learning (part online, part on campus) professional certificate program will strengthen 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. And we change the way the world thinks about education.
Peter Eden, Ph.D.
Landmark College President