Bates in the news…

Hey all. Bates was recently featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education for the college’s use of “swing deans.” Carmita L. McCoy and Michael M. Martinez, the two Bates deans who participate in the program, act as “swing deans” by swapping positions each year. Ms. McCoy and Mr. Martinez transition between associate dean for multicultural enrollment and associate dean for student transition. Trading jobs annually allows these deans to follow each new class of students through recruitment, admissions and the students’ first year of college. Read The Chronicle of Higher Education article here.

The “swing dean” concept fits perfectly with the ideals of the college and I think it’s a great that Bates tries to foster a relationship between dean and student that continues after the admissions process. Click this link to learn more about the “swing deans” at Bates.

Other than pictures of the deans, I couldn’t think of an appropriate way to illustrate this blog. That’s why I decided to go with the far more entertaining picture of swing dancers. Get it? Swing dance… swing dean? Alright, time to end this blog post. Until next time…

(http://www.ithacadanceclasses.com/swing_dance_cortland.html)

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