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Landmark College Praised in New Book on Peter Drucker

by Mark DiPietro

Landmark College has been highlighted in a new book about “the father of modern management,” Peter Drucker. In his book, Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way, author Bruce Rosenstein calls Landmark “an inspiring story of innovation” that exemplifies the Drucker philosophy.

Rosenstein, an adjunct professor at Catholic University and formerly a writer and reference librarian at USA Today, discovered Landmark in early 2013 via a “tweet” by Dr. Peter Eden, Landmark’s president.

“I didn’t know who he was, but I saw that he once taught at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., where I grew up,” Rosenstein said in a recent interview. “I started looking into Landmark College because I was looking for counterintuitive examples of institutions that are highly innovative and creative.”

The Drucker quote that Dr. Eden posted on Twitter, “To be effective, an #innovation has to be simple, and it has to be focused,” prompted Rosenstein to research Landmark College. He found what he calls “a Drucker-like quote” on Landmark’s website—“We embrace student strengths”—and decided to include the College in his chapter on innovative institutions that put Drucker’s philosophy into practice.

Rosenstein writes in his book:

“(Landmark) is an obvious case where weaknesses are minimized, and strengths are built upon. I don’t know if Drucker was aware of (Landmark), but I believe he would have approved of the finding and exploiting of a particular niche, a need in society, and creativity and innovation in learning. Plus, his love of learning and realization that different people learn in different ways are at the core of what this school represents. Landmark wants to be a leader and a trailblazer, and its administrators, along with the faculty and students, are certainly creating change, not just managing it.”

Rosenstein, who lives in Rockville, Md., saw a direct parallel between Drucker’s emphasis on lifelong learning and Landmark’s use of Universal Design in its education of students who learn differently. “Drucker recognized that, historically, people have always learned in different ways,” Rosenstein said. “Some are strong readers, others are listeners, and if you approach a reader in a ‘listener’ sort of way, it’s not effective.”

Rosenstein closes his section on Landmark by quoting the “Drucker-like items” Dr. Eden writes about on the College website: “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.”

Landmark College was the first institution of higher learning to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia. Today Landmark College, offering two and four-year degree options, a graduate level certificate in universal design with technology integration, and summer programs for students who learn differently, is a global leader in integrated teaching methods for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, ADHD, and ASD. Students, faculty, and other professionals from all over the world are drawn to Landmark College for its innovative educational model—designed through research and practice to help all students who learn differently become confident, self-empowered, and independently successful learners.

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