Mike Lamb with students from his Fall 2011 Macaulay course "Thoreau's Walden: Nature and Disobedience" at the shore of Walden Pond in Concord, MA.
Immersive and Personalized Education
"There is no "cookie-cutter" experience at Macaulay. Each student brings different skills and strengths to the table, and the administration provides for this extraordinary student diversity. Through immersive coursework, social action projects, and leadership and fellowship opportunities, every student is given the chance to grow in the way that works best for them. One of the reasons my experience at the Macaulay Honors College was so successful was that the administration and staff understood the power of experiential education. It was clear to them that my involvement in creating events like CUNY FoodFEST, and engaging in social justice work, was absolutely essential to my growth as a student." – Hadas "Dasi" Fruchter '12, Queens College
At Macaulay there are ample opportunities to expand yourself, build community with your peers and to activate your scholarship. Immersive suggests that what we do at school should be engaged with the world outside. Personalized means that we invite students to refine their singularities–to become themselves.
Within Macaulay, we have the ability to form intimate communities—classes, Named-Scholar support networks (like the Goldsmith and Kenan programs) and student clubs –that can become enormously productive working groups. This building is a collaborative space, a laboratory for student experiments. Our most successful events have been those that grew out of student enthusiasms—projects based on student passions and exuberances.
For two years running now, our William R. Kenan Scholars have put on FoodFEST, a day-long event devoted to food justice and mindful eating which takes advantage of every space in this building. We have speakers from around the city and across the country, as well as a communal banquet meal in the evening, cooked in classrooms that we’ve turned into kitchens.
In February 2012 our Goldsmith Scholars held the conference Supporting Excellence; Discussing the Experiences of High Achieving Students of Color. It was the first conversation of its kind here at Macaulay, and we’re incredibly proud of the high level of discussion that was fostered around this vitally important issue. The second annual conference will be held in February of 2013. Following upon this success, an expanded group of students are creating the first-ever welcome event for Macaulay students of color—linking up our entering freshmen with a network of alumni, faculty, staff and current students.
Personal contact is foundational to education. At Macaulay we offer opportunities for students to develop their own capabilities and self-understanding—as they collaborate with their peers, encourage each other, and create together. Students who share scholarly interests and convictions can become agents of change—inventing transformative projects in the real world. Macaulay offers you the chance to combine academic rigor and high adventure.