The Economics of Excellence: The Living and Learning Environment
My predecessor in the President’s Office, Michael F. Adams, had a very winsome way of articulating what we are about at Centre. Mike would say ‘Our agenda at Centre is remarkably simple: to put the best-qualified student with the best-qualified teacher in the best possible educational environment.’
This remains our agenda.
In the first series of white papers, I talked about endowment—what it is and why it matters so much to colleges and universities, including Centre. The second white paper focused on students and what it takes, especially in terms of financial aid, to attract the best-qualified students to Centre. In the third white paper, we looked at Centre’s solid record of attracting the best-qualified teachers to our faculty and keeping them here—and excited about being here—throughout their careers. In the fourth paper, I will discuss the Centre campus—our residence halls, our academic spaces, and the rest of the campus proper—and the importance of maintaining a thriving living and learning environment for our students, as well as the faculty and staff who work with them.
How do we create or maintain this environment? At Centre, we are committed to funding building projects privately—not, in other words, on the backs of our students and their families through increases in tuition and fees. One way we are able to do this is through the Capital Improvements Fund.
— From Centre College President John A. Roush’s fourth white paper on the challenges and opportunities facing Centre College as it prepares for a third century of service. Read the complete white paper.