1. Independent Study (I.S.)
|Kauke Hall and the famed Arch|
During the process, students work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to complete a written thesis or research project. The partnership meets weekly for an hour to evaluate progress, refine research, present drafts and discuss feedback. From time to time, small groups present materials and findings to other students.
Following Spring Break, students turn in their completed thesis to the registrar's office. In return they receive a yellow and black numbered button stating "I Did It!" along with a coveted Tootsie Roll. Although the celebration begins, students are still required to defend their project in front of a faculty examiner in order to graduate.
One day in April, the college will cancel classes and seniors will display their I.S. theses and projects to the entire school during The Senior Research Symposium. The entire student body walks and discusses the projects with the seniors to stimulate ideas for their I.S. projects.
2. College of Wooster Pipe BandThis black and gold kilt wearing pipe band participates in many campus events. The first day of school introduces freshmen to this pipe band. The band marches all first year students through the Kauke Hall Arch as a symbolic start to their Wooster careers. It is also through the same arch as seniors, the band will lead them again. As the last student leaves the registrar's office on I.S. Monday, the band will lead the provost and seniors through the Arch and into Kittredge Hall to have a celebratory dinner. The band also leads the seniors through the Arch on their final day, graduation.
4. Colleges That Change LivesThis small, liberal arts school was exactly what Loren Pope was looking for when he wrote his book, Colleges That Change Lives (1996). Pope visited numerous colleges that he felt offers as much, if not more than Ivy League schools. The College of Wooster was one of the 40 schools that Pope chose to include in his 'educational college guide.' Pope felt that the College of Wooster was his “original best-kept secret in higher education." While visiting the school in 2012, over 15 years after he wrote his book, it is clearly evident that Pope was correct in his description of the school. From the outgoing students greeting me as I walked across the campus, to the pride each student had as they discussed their future senior thesis (I.S.) plans, this college is definitely worth a closer look for students who want an active college experience.