The past fiscal year has been extraordinary thanks to the campus collaborations that are moving North Central College toward its Brilliant Future.
Chief among them was a partnership on a significant proposal among the College’s department of education, our Leadership, Ethics and Values program, and Center for Social Impact, which has resulted in a $3.2 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation. It represents the largest programmatic grant in College history.
We are excited about this support for our graduate-level program in school principal preparation, which will help education leaders create “cultures of character” in their schools. We will also be able to expand our LEV program, which is integral to the cultures of character philosophy and curriculum. You will learn more in the next issue of the North Central College alumni magazine!
Like the Kern Grant, many of the major projects we’ve tackled this past year will come to fruition during the next academic year: the transition to a semester calendar in August 2019; the introduction of a unique general education program called Cardinal Directions; the implementation of new online graduate degrees in business and the addition of another team sport, women’s wrestling.
“The past fiscal year has been extraordinary thanks to the campus collaborations that are moving North Central College toward its Brilliant Future.”
Every effort underway on campus is directed toward our ongoing success in a highly competitive higher education landscape, where more and more institutions compete for fewer high school students in our region. We’ve updated our academic facilities, added new majors in engineering, neuroscience and environmental studies, and expanded our athletic department to become the largest in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.
We are investing our resources in the things that matter most to our students and their success ... and to the achievement of the goals in our strategic plan: “Pathway to a Brilliant Future.”
As our loyal alumni and friends, you are critical to our ability to make these investments to ensure the long-term success of North Central College. Your gifts to the Brilliant Future Campaign are truly reflected in a vibrant, robust and financially healthy North Central College—a premier small private university in Illinois.
I thank you for all that you do and for your confidence in our Brilliant Future.
Troy D. Hammond, Ph.D. President Professor of Physics