Landmark College

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Landmark College
Seal of Landmark College
Motto Pret A Accomplir
Motto in English Ready to Accomplish
Established 1985
Type Private
Endowment Small
President Peter Eden, Ph.D.
Vice-president Brent Betit, Ed. D
Academic staff 90
Admin. staff 80
Students 500
Location Putney, Vermont, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Blue, White
Mascot Landshark
Affiliations New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Consortium of Vermont Colleges

Landmark College is an accredited liberal arts college in Putney, Vermont. Founded in 1985 with a first-of-its-kind program for dyslexics[1] by Charles Drake, the school is one of only two in the United States (the other being Beacon College, in Leesburg, Florida) designed exclusively for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and developmental disorders such as attention-deficit disorder and autism spectrum disorders. The college's current president is Dr. Peter Eden, Ph.D.

Integrated educational approach[edit]

Landmark utilizes an "integrated approach" to the whole student, the goal being to teach students to master learning and study strategies.

About 500 students attend Landmark College. All students receive personal, directed assistance in their studies. Each student receives individualized attention from classroom instructors in courses tailored to meet their educational needs. The college offers courses for skills development, college credit, a bachelor's degree and several associate's degree programs for students who have average to superior intellectual potential. Advisors meet frequently with students to review and guide their progress.

Student life[edit]


Landmark College has a collegiate sports program. In 2001, the men's soccer team finished undefeated. The men's basketball program brought back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008. Additionally the men's baseball team finished undefeated in 2011.

Curriculum and instruction[edit]

Landmark College offers courses in life sciences, computer science, gaming, anthropology, English, business, communications, humanities, philosophy, psychology, history, literature, math, science, foreign languages, theater, video, music, art, physical education, and other disciplines.

All courses are designed to integrate skills and strategy development. Classes are small, ranging from eight to sixteen students, and professors are accessible to all students. Students also access processes, tools, and other resources to aid in becoming more independent learners. After earning an associate's degree from Landmark College, many graduates continue onto 4-year colleges and universities across the country.[citation needed]

For all entering students, the curriculum sequence begins with skills development courses, designed to address the key areas of writing, reading, and study skills. Self-management, as well as the development of self-understanding and self-advocacy, is also part of this first-semester curriculum.

Initial courses are offered at non-credit and credit levels. Close to two-thirds of incoming students begin in non-credit courses, with most moving into credit courses after one or two semesters.

In addition to direct, personalized assistance from classroom faculty, academic support is available for writing, reading, study skills, math, science, and coursework planning and completion through Landmark’s Centers for Academic Support and Coaching Services.

Degrees and programs[edit]

Degrees offered[edit]

Landmark College offers A.A. and Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees in either Life Sciences, Computer Science and Gaming, General Studies or Liberal Studies, Business Studies or Business Administration. Landmark also offers a four year Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies.

Study abroad[edit]

The Study Abroad Office and Landmark College Country Directors offer study abroad programs in countries such as Costa Rica, Chile, England, Ireland, Greece and Italy.

Faculty design and teach experiential courses within their disciplines that fulfill Landmark College core requirements, the goal being to allow students to apply their learning skills to real-life situations while immersed in another culture.

Faculty members offer academic support for students as advisers, mentors, and coaches throughout the programs abroad. These programs are open to Landmark College students who have successfully completed one semester at the credit level.

College skills summer session[edit]

This program is designed to build the academic skills of students who are currently enrolled in a college or university and have completed some college-level coursework. There are four sections in the summer. These are three weeks each, with one class each section. These classes are considered quite intensive, as they last all day. However, the amount of time spent in each class equals out to a full semester's worth of work.

High school summer session[edit]

This three-week-long program is intended to assist high school students with learning differences using coursework, activities, experiential learning and development of self-understanding and self-advocacy courses. Although it goes on during the same time period as the other summer programs, high school students are housed separately, and little to no social interaction between the age groups is encouraged.

Summer transition to college session[edit]

The intensive transition program is designed for students with learning differences—and their parents—to help to successfully navigate the move from home to college.

Bridge Program[edit]

The Bridge Program is a semester long plan specifically designed for students on hiatus from other colleges. They are required to take certain classes and attend meetings to gain study skills to help them succeed at other colleges.

Assistive technology[edit]

Assistive technology is used at Landmark College to facilitate academic skill development and to enable students to fully access course materials. According to the Assistive Technology Act of 1988, assistive technology refers to "any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

One example of the type of assistive technology used at The College is text reader software. This software enables users to:

  • Hear text on computer screen spoken aloud
  • Use a computer (synthesized) voice
  • Scan or import text (aids decoding)
  • Improve decoding and fluency
  • Read back text that has been typed in (for revision of writing)

Speech-to-text software is also used by students that may have challenges with their writing. Students use this type of software to speak the words and have the computer transcribe them to text.

Landmark College sponsors a student laptop program allowing students to buy laptops from the college preloaded with assistive software. These laptops are fully supported by Landmark College's IT Department.

All students are required to purchase a Landmark-supported laptop, text-reader (Kurzweill 3000), speech-to-text (Dragon NaturallySpeaking), and other software is mandatory for all incoming students, regardless of psycho-educational evaluations and recommendations.

Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT)[edit]

LCIRT is Landmark College's research, training, and dissemination arm.

LCIRT works to assure that high school and college systems, and educators, have the understanding and knowledge needed to help students realize their intellectual potential and creative gifts. LCIRT develops and disseminates educational research and theory-based teaching practices.


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Preceded by
Lynda Katz, Ph.D. (1994-2011)
President of Landmark College
Peter Eden, Ph.D. (2011-present)
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 42°58′38″N 72°30′44″W / 42.9773344°N 72.5123485°W / 42.9773344; -72.5123485