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The prestigious Annapolis Group of Liberal Arts Colleges recently welcomed Lycoming College as a member, distinguishing Lycoming as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. The endorsement validates the College’s education framework that encourages students to think clearly, analytically, creatively, and critically. What makes a liberal arts college different, according to The Annapolis Group, is not the coursework but how the school offers students valuable preparation for a lifetime of meaningful and productive work.
As a member of The Annapolis Group, Lycoming College is invited to participate in a collaborative forum in which institutions share creative ideas, best practices, values of liberal arts higher education, and advance innovations in learning. The group consists of approximately 100 liberal arts and sciences institutions across the country.
“Lycoming’s acceptance into The Annapolis Group is another affirmation of the College’s enhanced place within the world of liberal arts colleges, and we are honored to join the impressive roster of other institutions of higher education,” said Kent Trachte, Ph.D., president of Lycoming College.
Formed in 1983 by a group of collegiate presidents with the goal of recognizing and strengthening the community of liberal arts higher education, The Annapolis Group places emphasis on the values of communication, civic responsibility, collaboration, effective use of technology, and compassion. The group also believes in residential communities where students from all backgrounds are supportive of each other’s academic and personal growth.
“Lycoming College sees the liberal arts as the key not only to understanding the past but to leading human societies into the future. We challenge our diverse student body daily to think deeply and act boldly,” Trachte said. “During the past academic year as our campus community pivoted through a global pandemic, we did not abandon the College’s mission, which is to deliver a residential liberal arts education. Our success reaffirmed our commitment to deepening and strengthening our identity as one of the best residential liberal arts colleges of the 21st century.”