With its rich history reaching back 175 years, Marietta College holds a special place in the hearts of many students, alumni, and employees—past and present. With that endearment comes a very specific desire to protect and prolong the prestige so countless generations to come perpetuate that devoted spirit.
With each graduating class, faculty and administrators are confident that each new Long Blue Liner has been exposed to the knowledge that is essential in today’s—and tomorrow’s—world of work.
Marietta offers more than 40 majors and a number of special programs that enhance the learning experience of any student. With that goal in mind, the College has also identified a group of signature programs that directly respond to the changing world.
Those four areas of study — internationalization, energy, health care and leadership—are vital areas that provide students with valuable information and skills that provide a solid basis to help make them successful in the future. This recognition of signature programs comes at a time when Marietta College is celebrating its 175th anniversary, and is also one of the ways the administration believes adds value to future generations of Marietta students.
Marietta College President, Dr. Jean Scott, is passionate about these signature programs as well as all academics at the college. “I am constantly thinking about how to add timeless value and areas of knowledge towards the college, while still making sure that the Marietta College tradition is considered.”
The main tradition that Marietta lives by is that all students, whether their major is science or if their major is communications, they all receive a liberal arts education. That entails that all students gain a balanced education and graduate with knowledge in all areas of study.
Marietta is known for having students from all over the world, and students from China make up a major part of that. Internationalization is one of the College’s Nine Core Values, which were developed earlier this decade. These efforts of the faculty and staff give both American and foreign students a better idea about global issues.
The China Program began decades ago and it was immediately recognized as strategically exciting and ever since then the faculty and staff have looked to build, cultivate, and nourish the program. Marietta College has continued to make efforts in order to make the student body feel balanced and make sure that all students receive the education that they deserve.
“I would hope to continue to develop the international presence, but as the student body expands we want to be sure that we only have so many students from one country so that they get the experience that they want and don’t feel like they didn’t ‘go’ anywhere,” Scott says.
Health care is an important issue in today’s society. Marietta College has developed a prestigious health science department over the years, with the intent of educating students about health care and preparing them for the job world.
Marietta College has undergone the emergence of a well-respected Physician Assistant graduate program to provide students with further experience in the science and medical field.
“I think if we focus on grad programs that fit within the guidelines of what we do and what we do well, we will be successful in our mission,” says Grant Callery, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “But I think we need to be careful about adding grad programs because they have to make sense for the institution.”
Although Marietta College defines its signature programs into four categories, the special thing about this small liberal arts based education system is that all of the majors that Marietta offers can be applied towards one or more of the signature programs.
“Signature programs are very broadly defined on purpose. We made it this way so every field of study can be part of the signature program environment,” Scott says.
The main purpose of the signature programs that Marietta College offers is to give the college an identity.
“Marietta College has a continuing interest and desire to figure out its place in the world and it went out of its way to develop programs that are flexible and open to change,” says Tom Perry, Executive Director of College Relations. “The College has positioned itself to be able to handle foreseen as well as not foreseen challenges.”
In the coming years Marietta will enhance some majors, develop and add more majors, and may even limit some that already exist. “One thing we want to be careful about is developing programs that are over extended,” Scott says. “But we will certainly adjust our programs based on what the needs of the college are, what students are asking for, and how the college grows.”
Marietta has developed an active strategic planning process and have altered the future plans of the college, which are discussed in the Vision 2020 plan, which is a document that contains all of the ideas and suggestions about the future of the college, as well as the vision statement for how Marietta is expected to grow in the next 10, 20, and 30 years.
“It is very important for faculty to remain very current, go to conferences and take information out of the broader world and apply it towards the world that students will be walking into,” Scott says. “We also need to make sure that we, as educators, ensure that there is a sense of real authority about what we teach and how we teach it.”