Fresh Perspectives at 123

For Meredith, the development and implementation of new academic programs are essential as we prepare our students to compete in the global workforce, and they build on the academic foundation we’ve been providing for more than a century

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” This adage might be true of some slightly stodgier institutions, but it doesn’t reflect the way we approach education here at Meredith College. In spite of our distinguished history (and some might say because of it), we’re guided by a commitment to innovation and fresh perspectives. Indeed, women most frequently succeed by creating new approaches to old problems, advocating for change, and living in ways that are true to themselves regardless of what others might say.

At Meredith, of course, we hold true to our liberal arts roots – perhaps better articulated as 21st century skills – and we particularly prize the ways such skills strengthen whatever new intellectual pursuits and corresponding careers come along. For Meredith, the development and implementation of new academic programs are essential as we prepare our students to compete in the global workforce, and they build on the academic foundation we’ve been providing for more than a century.

Meredith’s new focus on healthcare programming, responding to the surging demand for all kinds of health-related careers, draws on robust enrollment and interest in our nutrition programs, exercise and sports science program, and science programs that have led students to various types of health careers. Now, the addition of a new public health major allows students to pursue careers in the science, social science, or policy aspects of public health. And our post-baccalaureate program helps students make the transition from their undergraduate major toward any health-related studies.

As we all know, diet, exercise, and positive outlooks are great steps toward healthier living, and “quality of life” is one of the six pillars of our strategic plan. Committed to ensuring the best life for all our constituents – students, staff, faculty, and our community beyond the borders of our campus – Meredith proudly pursues quality of life as a primary goal of education and a primary contribution we make to each other and our society.

As such, quality of life extends beyond what we do for ourselves and into the ways we make the world a better place. In that sense, it is with great pleasure that we also feature the work of our faculty member, Shannon Johnstone, whose photographs of “landfill” dogs inspire us all to value these wonderful creatures who bring so much joy to our lives. As the grateful “mom” of a rescue dog, Bachelor, I can attest to the incredible health enhancements of having a canine companion.

So, whether we are talking about new health-related programming or the benefits of loving a dog, this issue’s focus on exciting innovations at Meredith connects our well-established roots to some refreshing new perspectives … and a wonderful reminder that Meredith, even at 123 years, is still eager to learn “new tricks.”

Originally published in Meredith Magazine, Spring 2014

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