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10.11.2011… road trip day day 4 … Colby, Bowdoin, LL Bean (oops, not a school :), Bowdoin … boston and dinner with Julia … end of trip … sleep …

road trip, college search: Long day … road trip day 4 … Colby, Bowdoin, LL Bean (oops not a college :)), Bowdoin … Boston and dinner with Julia … end of trip … sleep …

Colby College: We got up early and Molly ran and I took pictures at Colby … Many things to like at the northeasternmost US liberal arts college (that is a euphemism for very cold) … but in the end it came down like Middlebury … flat.

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The Colby experience is challenging and uplifting, enlightening and provocative, dynamic and focused. It is relationships between professors and students that transform both. It fosters intellectual and personal growth, with graduates emerging as conscientious, committed leaders ready to make a profound impact on their world. A Colby education is distinctly inspired.

via Colby College | Admissions & Financial Aid | Welcome to Admissions & Financial Aid.

What caught our attention us … Colby connect, Orientation COUT; No honor code, Colby moved from downtown Waterville in the 40s, miles and miles of xc trails, AP gives placement/No credit; No separate freshman housing, freshman in every dorm, Common area. … Our tour guide statd there was o honor code … so I researched this and found this from a study published on the internet:

Colby College in Waterville, Maine remains a small, liberal arts college. In the Student Handbook (1998-1999), Colby reports that it

seeks to create a climate that best encourages the positive development of individuals and communities. We stand for diversity, without which we become parochial; for respect for various lifestyles and beliefs, without which we become mean-spirited; and for the protection of every individual against discrimination. In the classroom and outside, there is freedom to study, to think, to speak, and to learn in an environment that insists upon the free and open exchange of ideas and views. (p. 2)

In addition, the Student Handbook reports that Colby values concern and understanding for others, open access to groups and organizations, and personal and academic honesty. The expressed desire to build community and to foster responsibility are in concordance with Power, Higgins, and Kohlberg’s (1989) requirements for moral atmosphere. Also outlined in the Student Handbook are Colby’s rules and requirements, and clear punishments and procedures for handling violations of these codes of conduct. This type of punishment scheme, discussed above, is thought by Wynne (1987) to be as important to moral atmosphere as the positive goals of the institution. According to these premises, on the surface, Colby appears to be an exemplary moral institution. However, not all students are familiar with the Student Handbook, and even for those who are, as Nicgorski (1987) suggests, it is likely that Colby also transmits implicit morals and suggestions of moral atmosphere to students through the hidden curriculum. The purpose of this informal research was to gather students’ perceptions of the moral atmosphere at Colby and compare these perceptions to the requirements outlined by moral atmosphere researchers.

via Title.

Bowdoin College:

The Offer of the College

TO BE AT HOME in all lands and all ages;

To count Nature a familiar acquaintance,

And Art an intimate friend;

To gain a standard for the appreciation of others’ work

And the criticism of your own;

To carry the keys of the world’s library in your pocket,

And feel its resources behind you in whatever task you undertake;

To make hosts of friends…

Who are to be leaders in all walks of life;

To lose yourself in generous enthusiasms

And cooperate with others for common ends —

This is the offer of the college for the best four years of your life.

Adapted from the original “Offer of the College”

by William DeWitt Hyde

President of Bowdoin College 1885 – 1917

via Bowdoin College.

Our take … great campus … great tour guide (Montreal soccer player), loved the history of the Polar Bears; museum, arts building with a passage for carriages at the weddings in the chapel, salmon colored building … mixed architecture … academics seemed wonderful and engaging … will definitely put on look further list … yeah … another one makes the list

This is a real stuffed polar bear … The mascot of Bowdoin. Although no longer politically correct (to have stuffed animals … the real kind), the school has several as gifts from Arctic explorers Robert E. Peary and Donald B. MacMillan. And that is why their mascot is a polar bear.

LL Bean Store: OK … side trip … great fun …

Bates College:

Bates helps students discover their strengths, investigate unquestioned assumptions and make a meaningful impact during their years on campus and throughout alumni life.

Voices of experience

“This is a college of promise…. Over four years, it works its magic on us, and we graduate into the world far wiser, far better than we were when we arrived…. We are entrusted with a promise… that we were meant to stand for something and to make a difference in the world….” — The Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes ’65, D.D. ’96

via About Bates « Bates College.

Our take … established by Maine abolitionists, and thus always open to women and people of all races; 1851; All years dorms and 15 Victorian houses used for student residences;all eat in commons; seniors can live off campus; Chapel holds 800 and designed to be like King’s College Oxford; Sr. Thesis (75 -175 pages). And afterwards got in a quick visit with Meg Kimmel (Davidson ’77), new head of communicates at Bates who gave us further insight into the strengths of the college.

Boston, restaurants, kith/kin: And finally dinner with Julia and quick visit with jimmy ,,,, a great visit! Jimmy went to Dartmouth as did their daughter. Their other daughter is at St. Andrews and her experiences affirmed Molly’s interest in going overseas for study at some point.

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