Since Hiram College introduced its New Liberal Arts model last year, the small private liberal arts college tucked in Ohio’s Western Reserve region has been punctuating its place on the map and in higher education. At the forefront of the visionary initiative, Hiram College President Lori E. Varlotta, Ph.D. is leading the College along a distinctive course, one that merges classic and contemporary liberal arts offerings with high-impact experiential learning opportunities and mindful technology.
As part of this exciting process, Dr. Varlotta presented Hiram’s Tech and Trek program and New Liberal Arts model at a Presidents Summit of the Council of Independent Colleges, hosted by Apple Inc. on April 9-10, 2018.
During the two-day program held in San Jose, Calif., Dr. Varlotta delivered an informative presentation that explained how Tech and Trek is an integral part of Hiram’s strategic plan to position itself as the New Liberal Arts. The New Liberal Arts will prepare Hiram students to become intellectually agile and socially responsible systems thinkers and doers.
During the conference, President Varlotta addressed more than a hundred academic leaders around the country. She explained how Tech and Trek and other emerging strategies will ensure that Hiram students 1) develop a breadth and depth of knowledge, 2) acquire experience in proposing concrete solutions to real-life problems, and 3) have opportunities to demonstrate 21st-century skill set and mindset. By way of a case study, she also provided her audience members with a snapshot of Tech and Trek at work in Hiram Professor Steve Romberger’s biochemistry class.