|Motto||"Start a fire."|
|Location||Burlington, Vermont, U.S.|
|Campus||32.4 acre campus in Burlington|
Burlington College is a private liberal arts college located in Burlington, Vermont that offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees, as well as several professional certificate programs. Although the College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, it is currently on probation for "failing to meet the accreditor's standard for financial resources." The college's severe financial difficulties have also resulted in votes of no confidence from both the student union and the college's faculty and staff union.
The goals of the College are to engage the student body in activities promoting social and community involvement on a local and international scale, while also providing traditional university level education through degree programs. The College also allows students to pursue degrees not traditionally offered by competing universities, and to specifically tailor their own degree through an individualized major program. Burlington College allows students the option of participating in a narrative evaluation system.
Burlington College started in 1972 as a tiny, close-knit group of students meeting in the living room of founder Dr. Steward LaCasce. Dr. LaCasce’s approach to learning attracted a non-mainstream college population—returning Vietnam War veterans, single parents with dependent children, and others seeking alternative higher education opportunities. Known then as the Vermont Institute of Community Involvement, the school was dedicated to integrating learning, personal development, and engagement in the community into a comprehensive educational experience.
The College has grown in the last 40 years and continues to be student-centered and committed to individualized education. This commitment translates to narrative evaluations, student involvement in designing their own programs of study, one-on-one mentoring and support services, small seminar-style classes, and experiential learning. They expect to grow even more over the next several years, but not beyond their ability to maintain the core educational values they were founded on, and will never lose that close-knit community our students experience, foster, and appreciate.
- 1972-1994 Dr. J. Steward LaCasce
The College began in the living room of its founder, Dr. Steward LaCasce, with a total of 14 full and part-time students. It had no financial backing, paid its bills when they came due, and paid its President when it could. From one term to the next, it struggled first to survive, and second, to develop its unique identity. Dr. LaCasce and those who joined him in the effort spent much of their time in the early years fighting to preserve what made the College special while striving to seek recognition as a legitimate member of the higher educational community. Its accreditation in 1982 marked the success of this initial phase of the College's history.
- 1994-2002 Dr. Daniel Casey
- 2002-2003 Mary Clancy
- 2004-2011 Dr. Jane O'Meara Sanders
- 2012–2014 Christine Plunkett
- September-December 2014 Michael Smith (interim president)
- 2014-Present Dr. Carol A. Moore
In 2010, Burlington College announced its intention to purchase the property of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington for use as its Main Campus. The college, having sold its former campus to the Committee for Temporary Shelter (COTS), a community welfare agency, finalized its purchase of the 32.4 acre waterfront diocese property in early 2011 at a cost of 10 million dollars. Four years later, the college was placed on probation by its regional accreditor for financial issues that the college claimed were related to its continuing debt on this property.
In 2012-13, utilizing an original study conducted by TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design and then a separate study put together by Farrell Real Estate, the college drafted a master plan that will guide development of the 32 acre campus over the next several years. The plan includes a housing development on the southern third of the property. It also provides for new residence halls, and a lakeside pavilion which will house the College's Institute for Contemplative Studies and serve as a function venue for weddings, summer conferences and public and community events. The plan also provides several acres of agricultural land for community/College gardens and other agricultural uses, along with a building to house an urban agriculture program.
The college offers students study abroad options within the European Union, and, in 2008, Burlington College became be one of the few universities in the United States to offer a study abroad program in Havana, Cuba in conjunction with the University of Havana.
Burlington College holds an articulation agreement with Vermont Law School which allows Burlington College graduates to proceed into the Juris Doctor and Joint Juris Doctor programs at Vermont Law School upon the successful completion of their undergraduate studies.
Burlington College is affiliated with the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax. Courses in woodworking and fine craftsmanship are offered. These courses support both Associate and Bachelor's of Fine Arts. In addition to woodworking skills, students are required to take business, marketing, math, and English courses.
The college is participating in the Green Schools Project, which focuses on energy efficiency, environmentally sound principles, and sustainability.
In August 2011, The Daily Beast and Newsweek ranked Burlington College as the #1 School in the United States for Free Spirited Students. And in October 2013, Newsweek named Burlington College as one of the top ten colleges in the United States with the highest rate of student internships in their respective study field.
Institute for Civic Engagement
The Institute for Civic Engagement is a consortium of scholars, engaged citizens, artists, scientists, writers and students, dedicated to the ideals of participatory community involvement and the essential importance of an informed, critical, and active citizenry. Both local and global in constitution and intent, the Institute addresses questions of pertinent social interest to: to stimulate dialogue, to present balanced scholarship, to encourage critical analysis in students and citizenry, and to foster active participation in the complex and ongoing process of growth and reform. The institute is led by an attorney and former state representative.
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