||Centre shines in its commitment to teaching
RELEASED: December 10, 2009
By Laura Pasley
DANVILLE, KY—Centre College was recently ranked No. 11 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 list of "Best Liberal Arts Colleges for Undergraduate Teaching."
Like many publications, the report praised Centre’s "commitment to teaching," and though teachers and students may have different ideas about how Centre commits to teaching, both agree it is something special at Centre—and that teaching does not just happen inside the classroom.
Ireland exchange student Niall McCooey says what he’s liked most about the teachers at Centre is that "they're very much involved in extra-curricular activities and take pride in all of the college's teams and societies."
"This relationship makes me want to perform better in his class,” McCooey says. “He knows us as athletes and individuals as opposed to just another round of students he’s paid to stand in front of for a few hours per week. This is personal education at its best."
He leads several student organizations as a faculty advisor, including the American Chemical Society Student Chapter (ACSSC), the Centre Science Journal, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He also participates in other campus activities.
"Our ACSSC group frequently performs demonstrations at local schools," he says. "This outreach is rewarding for the Centre students as they blow stuff up, help the kids make slime, and teach that science is fun and explains so much about the world around them!"
Fieberg also enjoys "participating in the Centre Brass Ensemble with a section of the student body with whom I might not normally interact. And it's a blast talking smack with the students on the intramural softball field, especially during the faculty/staff championship runs the past two years!"
Paige Hebard ’10, a mathematics major from Emory, Va., had a story to tell when asked about how Centre has shown her a commitment to teaching.
"The community of faculty and staff at Centre is just that—a community. Our faculty’s collegiality and shared commitment to teaching are a rare and special combination that results in significant and important accomplishments."
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Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Consumers Digest ranks Centre No. 1 in educational value among all U.S. liberal arts colleges. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices. For more, visit http://www.centre.edu/web/elevatorspeech/
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