Last week I spent two days at the campus of Wabash College, where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in the mid-1970s. Wabash was a terrific liberal arts college, and it prepared me excellently for both career and life.
It’s even better today. I went back to Wabash to gather information and conduct interviews for one of my PhD classes at Kent State. I returned to Cleveland pleased at how much better Wabash is doing in 2012 compared to 1977.
The faculty is focused on helping students succeed. Administrators are dedicated to helping maintain and improve the college’s already-strong academic programs. President Pat White (who graciously gave me more than an hour of his time on Friday) and the Board of Trustees are determined to further strengthen Wabash’s endowment, level of support, and its excellent facilities.
I hope to write more about Wabash in the future, but three simple facts bear out this college’s excellence:
- One out of every eight Wabash graduates lists “President,” “Chairman” or “CEO” in their job title.
- About 75 percent of Wabash’s graduates go on to graduate school, many to medical or law schools.
- The faculty, staff and fellow students are committed to each student’s well-being. There a sense of camaraderie and community there that is unmistakable … it’s the aura of success.
You might think that an all-male college is “out of step” in 2012. It’s just the opposite. At a time when fewer percentages of males are going on to college, and there’s great cultural angst about 20-something guys living in their parents’ basements and playing video games instead of sullying forth into the world, Wabash excels in helping its young men become responsible leaders and high achievers.
Dads and moms of teens seeking to have their sons aspire to take more responsibility for their lives and thrive in a caring environment would do well to visit Wabash early in the college selection process. Colleges That Change Lives has a wealth of information about Wabash; link to it here: