Mitchell College

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For the North Carolina college formerly known as Mitchell College, see Mitchell Community College.
Mitchell College
Mitchell College Logo.png
Established 1938
Type Private
Endowment $6.1 million[1]
Chairman Elizabeth Ivey
President Mary Ellen Jukoski
Dean Michael Fishbein
Students 860+
Location New London, Connecticut, United States
Campus 68 acres (0.28 km2)
Suburban; Residential; Waterfront [2]
Former names New London Junior College
Colors Red, White and Black
              
Athletics NCAA Division III
Sports 15 Varsity Teams [3]
Nickname Mariners
Affiliations CUNYAC
NEASC
Website www.mitchell.edu

Mitchell College is a liberal arts college located on the banks of the Thames River, in New London, Connecticut, USA. It was founded in 1938 on the former estate of Alfred Mitchell; its campus offers such amenities as on-campus housing (including four multi-level, dormitory-style buildings and four residential river houses), a cafe, ice cream shop, preserve area known as 'Mitchell Woods', multiple playing fields, and a beach. Notable for its Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Sport Management, and Business Administration programs, the college offers both two and four year degree programs.

History[edit]

On September 14, 1938, a group of New London, Connecticut citizens founded New London Junior College as a private, nonprofit, coeducational, two-year college in their community. The College opened its doors to the first freshman class on Sept. 18, 1939. During the fall term of 1942-43, nearly all of the college’s male students entered the armed services, and the United States Army and Coast Guard made urgent demands for the use of the college’s facilities. A special summer session for veterans began in June, 1946, and regular classes resumed in September of that year.

In 1950 trustees officially adopted the name Mitchell College to honor the descendants of the Alfred Mitchell family, principal benefactors of the College since its founding. In 1956 Mitchell College was awarded membership in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Dr. Mary Ellen Jukoski was appointed to the presidency on March 1, 1995 after serving for nine months as Acting President. She had been Dean of the College since 1990. Under President Jukoski’s leadership, the College offered its first baccalaureate program in the area of Human Development in 1998. The first bachelor’s degrees were conferred to 12 students during the May 2000 commencement exercises. Mitchell College now offers 26 four-year degree programs of study. The College launched Thames Academy, a one-year pre-college/ post-grad certificate program.

In the 2013-14 academic year, Mitchell College is celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a year-long program of campus events, lectures, and observances, including the development of a 75th anniversary timeline highlighting institutional milestones.

Academics[edit]

Mitchell College offers 26 bachelor degree programs, 3 associate degree programs, 3 certificate programs and 16 minor programs. Mitchell College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Academic Programs[edit]

Bachelor Degree Programs

  • BS Business Administration
    • Graphic Design & Marketing
    • Marketing
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Individualized
  • BS Communication
    • Graphic Design
    • Production/Performance &Technology
  • BA Criminal Justice
    • Justice Studies
    • Pre-Law
    • Programs & Treatment
  • BS Early Childhood Education/Business Admin.
  • BA Environmental Studies
  • BA Homeland Security
  • BS Hospitality & Tourism
    • Hotel/Resort Management
    • Event Management
    • Food Service Management
  • BS Human Development &Family Studies BS HD with Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education
  • BA Liberal/Professional Studies
    • Individualized
  • BS Liberal/Professional Studies
    • Behavioral Science
  • BS Psychology
    • Generalized
    • Individualized
  • BS Sport/Fitness Management
    • Sport Management
    • Physical Education
    • Health/Fitness
    • Recreation Administration
    • Sport Communication

Associate Degree Programs

  • AS Early Childhood Education
  • AS Graphic Design
  • AA Liberal Studies (multiple concentrations)

Certificate Programs

  • Homeland Security
  • Tribal Legal Studies
  • Business Essentials Certificate Program (for non-matriculated students)

Minor Programs Mitchell College offers selected minors for students that qualify for such an option. Current approved programs exist in these 16 academic areas:

  • Accounting
  • Communication
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Event Management
  • Film
  • Food Service Management
  • Gender & Sexual Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History/Government
  • Hotel/Resort Management
  • Human Development & Family Studies
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Small Business Studies
  • Sport & Fitness Management
  • Theatre

Academic Support[edit]

Bentsen Learning Center - Established in 1981, Mitchell College's Bentsen Learning Center Program is a personalized academic support program that partners with students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders to facilitate academic growth, independence, self-awareness and career readiness. Program offerings include:

  • Individualized Program of Support
  • Accessible Technology Instruction (new)
  • Learning Strategy Instruction
  • Career Readiness Skills
  • Content Strategy Workshops
  • Designated Student Study Areas
  • Referral to Additional Campus Resources
  • Peer Mentoring Program

The Tutoring Center - Staffed with professional teachers, not students

Academic Advising - Specialized freshmen advisors and faculty advisors help students choose a major and stay on track to graduation

Disability Student Services - Determines eligibility, approves and coordinates services, auxiliary aids, and academic accommodations to qualified students with disabilities

Career Services - Focused on individual support and career readiness skills; available to freshmen through seniors, as well as to alumni

Campus[edit]

Mitchell’s 68-acre campus sits in a scenic, historic residential section of the city and is divided into two distinct parts. The lower campus, from the stretch of sandy beaches of the Thames River to Montauk Avenue, contains most of the College’s academic and public buildings and the waterfront residence halls on Pequot Avenue.

The upper campus (to the west of Montauk Avenue) contains the four large residence halls, the gymnasium and the athletic playing fields. The upper campus also includes Alfred E. Mitchell Woods Park, given to Mitchell College to maintain as a recreational preserve for the public as well as for its own students.[4] The park includes a pond, hiking trails, two baseball fields, sand volleyball court and tennis courts.

On the 75th Anniversary Founder's Day, September 19, 2013, Mitchell College officially opened a Study Lounge for Service Members and Veterans. Located in the Duquès Center in the heart of campus, the lounge offers a dedicated space for veterans and service members to meet, study and relax.[5]

Student Life[edit]

Located on a 68-acre waterfront campus, Mitchell College's over 860 students come from more than twenty states and three foreign countries.

Athletics[edit]

Mitchell's sports teams are known as the Mariners. Historically known as the Pequots, the name was changed in 2008 to comply with the mandate of the NCAA requiring a name change in order to continue postseason participation. (See the Native American mascot controversy in the United States.)

Participants in NCAA Division III athletics and members of the New England Collegiate Conference, the Mariners have a strong and prolific history of athletic success, especially in the women's basketball program. Mitchell College fields the following intercollegiate teams:

Men's Sports: Baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, sailing, soccer and tennis.

Women’s Sports: Cross country, basketball, sailing, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

The Mitchell Mariners men's basketball team won the 2014 NECC Championship on March 1; Joshua Ford was named the tournament's most valuable player. In addition, the Mitchell Mariners have won the following NECC championships:

  • Men’s Tennis – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Women’s Soccer – 2010
  • Baseball – 2010, 2011
  • Men’s Lacrosse – 2013

Clubs[edit]

There are more than 30 student organizations at Mitchell representing a wide variety of academic and general interest areas. Students are able and encouraged to start a club or organization if their particular passion is not represented yet.

First Year Experience[edit]

As part of Mitchell's First Year Experience (FYE) program for transitioning into college, first-year students are assigned to Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) in their first semester according to a common academic interest or major. These groups explore the topics and issues related to their chosen path. Those who arrive at Mitchell undecided about their academic route are also grouped together to allow for a broader survey of options. Students are encouraged to communicate their unique perspective and make connections through co-curricular activities.

Veteran Students[edit]

Mitchell College was selected again as a Military Friendly School for 2014, is an approved Yellow Ribbon School and is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity College. VP of Enrollment Management Susan D. Bibeau, Captain USCG (ret.) also serves as Mitchell's Admissions Veteran Liaison.

Thames Academy[edit]

Thames Academy is a residential post-graduate program for students with academic challenges, documented learning disabilities, or other learning differences who can benefit from a structured learning and living experience that prepares them for the transition to college or a career. Unlike conventional post-grad programs offered at college preparatory schools, Thames includes college level courses for credit. The program is set on a college campus with a recognized tradition of support for students with learning differences.

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Coordinates: 41°19′47″N 72°05′34″W / 41.3296°N 72.0929°W / 41.3296; -72.0929