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New College of Florida
New College of Florida Logo
Established 1960
Type Public
Endowment 30+ million
President Gordon E. Michalson
Faculty 74
Undergraduates 750
Location Sarasota, Florida
Campus 144 acres (.59 km²)
Colors Blue and White
Mascot []
Website www.ncf.edu

New College of Florida is a highly selective public liberal arts college located in Sarasota, Florida. Composed of 74 faculty and more than 750 students, New College is known for its high academic standards, narrative evaluation system, and its focus on independent research and student-driven curriculum. Founded originally as an innovative private college, it is now an independent member of the State University System of Florida.[1] Image File history File links Ncf. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... Gordon E. Mike Michalson Jr. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Cà dZan - a 1925 Sarasota residence that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places Sarasota is a city in the central west coast of Florida, USA. Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands facing the Gulf of Mexico are within its city limits. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A mascot, originally a fetish-like term for any person, animal, or thing supposed to bring luck, is now something—typically an animal or human character—used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County, Florida. ... In education, narrative evaluation is a form of performance measurement and feedback which can be used as an alternative or supplement to grading. ... The State University System of Florida (SUS, or SUSF out-of-state) is a system of universities indirectly governed by the State of Florida. ...

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Distinguishing academic features

Four core principles form the base of New College's academic philosophy: (1) Each student is responsible in the last analysis for his or her own education, (2) The best education demands a joint search for learning by exciting teachers and able students, (3) Students' progress should be based on demonstrated competence and real mastery rather than on the accumulation of credits and grades, (4) Students should have, from the outset, opportunities to explore in depth, areas of interest to them. To the end of putting this philosophy into practice, New College utilizes a unique academic program that differs substantially from those used by most other educational institutions in four key ways: [2]

  • Narrative evaluations: At the completion of each course, students receive an evaluation written by the instructor critiquing their performance and course work, along with a satisfactory/unsatisfactory/incomplete designation. Letter grades and grade-point-averages are not used at New College. [3]
  • Contract System: At the start of each semester, students negotiate a contract with their faculty adviser, specifying their courses of study and expectations for the semester. At the completion of the term, the academic adviser compares the student's actual performance with the requirements defined in the contract, and determines whether the student has "passed" the contract, or not. Among other requirements, completing seven contracts is a prerequisite to graduation. [4]
  • Independent Study Projects: The month of January is reserved for independent projects at New College, when no traditional courses are held. Independent Study Projects run the gamut from short, in-depth, academic research projects to internships, lab work, and international exchanges. Students are required to complete three independent study projects prior to graduating. [5]
  • Senior Thesis: Each student is required to write an original and lengthy thesis in their discipline, and defend it before a committee of at least three faculty. Depending on the area of concentration of each student, a senior thesis can take the form of an original research paper, performing and documenting a scientific or social-scientific experiment or research study, or an original composition. This requirement is usually completed during the final two semesters of a student's fourth year.[6]

The academic structure described above is implemented through classes and research projects in a diverse array of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Natural Sciences. With less than 800 students, and a faculty to student ratio of 11 to 1, the academic environment is small and intimate, and known for its intellectual intensity. [7] In education, narrative evaluation is a form of performance measurement and feedback which can be used as an alternative or supplement to grading. ... In the United States, grading is done with several different systems. ... In the United States, grading is done with several different systems. ...


History

The west side of New College's campus, circa 1963
The west side of New College's campus, circa 1963
Palm Court, the area in the center of the Pei Residence hall complex and the center of New College student life, seen here in a photo from 2003, dates back to the early 1970s.
Palm Court, the area in the center of the Pei Residence hall complex and the center of New College student life, seen here in a photo from 2003, dates back to the early 1970s.

Founded in 1960 by local civic leaders as a private college for academically talented students, New College opened its doors in 1964 to a premier class of 101 students. By 1972, New College's ranks had swelled to more than 500 students and it had become known for its teaching-focused faculty, its unique courses and curricula, and its fiercely independent and hard working students. [8] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1112x804, 344 KB) New College of Florida, 1963 The copyright status of this work is undetermined and may be difficult or impossible to determine. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1112x804, 344 KB) New College of Florida, 1963 The copyright status of this work is undetermined and may be difficult or impossible to determine. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1536x2048, 1015 KB) Palm Court, the center of the New College student universe, is a series of palm trees in a court yard in the center of the Pei Residence hall complex. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1536x2048, 1015 KB) Palm Court, the center of the New College student universe, is a series of palm trees in a court yard in the center of the Pei Residence hall complex. ...


As the 1970s progressed, although New College's academic program continued to mature, inflation threatened to undermine the economic viability of the institution. In 1975, the University of South Florida (USF) expressed interest in buying the land and facilities of the near-bankrupt college, in order to establish a branch campus for Sarasota and Bradenton area. The New College trustees agreed to sell the campus for half its estimated value—a difference of several million dollars—on the condition that New College be allowed to continue to operate on the following terms: The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County, Florida. ... Bradenton is a city located in Manatee County, Florida. ...

  1. The New College program would receive the same funding, per-student, as other programs received for USF undergraduates, per-student
  2. The New College trustees would become the New College Foundation, and be permitted to privately raise the money necessary to supplement the USF undergraduate funds to reach the total necessary to run New College.

USF agreed. If the New College Foundation failed to raise the money--which seemed likely, given this was the purchase of a bankrupt college--then USF would have acquired the property at a substantial discount. Thus the "merger agreement" was signed, a legally-binding document that would govern New College and USF in their uneasy relationship for the next 25 years. The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ...


Four years later, in 1979, USF's expectation seemed to be coming true. The Foundation was in debt, and stated it would not be able to make its annual payment to USF in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement. The entire New College faculty received pink slips. The leadership asked Lt. General Rolland Heiser, who had recently retired from the U.S. Army and moved to Sarasota, to step in and put the Foundation's affairs in order to be dismantled. Heiser, the former Supreme Commander of U.S. Forces in Europe, did not accept this mission and instead began aggressively raising money. New College was saved, and until 2001 operated under the name "New College of the University of South Florida." The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... Lieutenant General Rolland V. Heiser, US Army, retired, is a member of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees, and is the former president of the New College Foundation, a position he held for 22 years. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County, Florida. ... Lieutenant General Rolland V. Heiser, US Army, retired, is a member of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees, and is the former president of the New College Foundation, a position he held for 22 years. ... Supreme Allied Commander is the title given to the most senior commander of some multinational organisations. ...


As part of a major reorganization of Florida's public education system, in 2001, New College severed its ties with USF, became the eleventh independent school in the Florida State University System, and adopted its current name, "New College of Florida." As part of its establishment as an independent university, the University of South Florida was directed to relocate its facilities away from the New College campus. The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... The State University System of Florida (SUS, or SUSF out-of-state) is a system of universities indirectly governed by the State of Florida. ...


Today, as Florida's independent honors college, New College retains its original distinctive academic program, while enjoying the benefits and accessibility that being a public university afford.


New College Student Alliance

New College's student government is a relatively participatory democracy, in part because of its small size, the high percentage of students living on-campus and the strong influence of student input in administrative decisions. Many decisions relating to student and campus events, academic decisions and policies, the allocation of funds and recently the revision of the campus master plan and the building of new dorm complexes are influenced by the opinions of the student body. Towne Meetings, which are open to all students, faculty and staff are held once monthly in Palm Court (the social center of campus) and chaired by the Vice President of Student Affairs. The NCSA Constitution states that the purpose of the Towne Meeting is "to inform the student body of the actions of the NCSA, to gather opinions and ideas from the students on matters of concern to the College community, to propose and enact informed legislation, and to confirm Presidential appointments to NCSA positions as necessary." Students are welcome to make announcements and address the community with important issues at this forum, and call for motions on the issues they present. Typical Towne Meetings consist of 75 to 250 students, though only 50 are necessary for a meeting to be called.


The NCSA cabinet consists of a President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Foundation and Alumnae/i Representative and Archivist.


External rankings and reviews

Religion Professor and President Gordon “Mike” Michalson lectures to students during a class in 2003.
Religion Professor and President Gordon “Mike” Michalson lectures to students during a class in 2003.

External rankings at New College are a relatively new phenomenon, because during the school's 25-year affiliation with the University of South Florida and prior to gaining independent accreditation in 2004, New College was ineligible to be included in most ranking surveys Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 1532 KB) Religion Professor and President Gordon “Mike” Michalson lectures during Human Freedom in Modern Christian Thought at the New College of Florida on September 10, 2003. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 1532 KB) Religion Professor and President Gordon “Mike” Michalson lectures during Human Freedom in Modern Christian Thought at the New College of Florida on September 10, 2003. ... Gordon E. Mike Michalson Jr. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require restructuring. ... The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ...


In 2007, New College tied for first place in the US News and World Report rankings of the 22 public liberal arts colleges in the United States, up from third place in 2006.[1] New College was ranked 86th out of all public and private liberal arts colleges, up two places since 2006. [9] U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ...


The 2007 edition of The Princeton Review named New College the best value in public higher education, up from sixth place in 2006. [10] Additionally, the 2006 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges named New College one of the nation's 45 "Best Buys" in higher education, marking the third time that New College has been included among the guide’s elite list of “Best Buys”. [11] The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit American company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, and GMAT. They also offer courses for the LSAT and MCAT, as well as many... The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ...


New College is also known for its record number of Fulbright fellows. According to a list compiled in November 2005 by the Chronicle of Higher Education, New College ranked 21st out of the 30 top Fulbright producing bachelor's institutions, and ranked third when adjusted for per capita percentage, closely behind Pitzer College and Claremont McKenna. [12] New College has produced 20 Fulbright fellows during the past 11 years, and 24 since the school's inception. [13] The Fulbright Program is a program of educational grants (Fulbright Fellowships and Fulbright Scholarships), founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright, and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, governments in other countries, and the private sector. ... The Chronicle of Higher Education is a newspaper that is a source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty and administration. ... The Fulbright Program is program of educational grants (Fulbright Fellowships) sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. ... Pitzer College is a small, private liberal arts college located in Claremont, California, USA. Pitzer College is the fifth of seven institutions of higher learning known as the Claremont Colleges and coordinated through the Claremont University Consortium. ... A member of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont McKenna College is a small, highly selective, private coeducational, liberal arts college enrolling about 1100 students with a curricular emphasis on government, economics, and public policy. ... The Fulbright Program is program of educational grants (Fulbright Fellowships) sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. ...


In addition to New College's successes within the Fulbright program, New College students and faculty have consistently earned a number of other prestigious accolades, including National Institutes of Health Grants, Udall Scholarships, National Science Foundation and Carnegie Fellowships, and most recently, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship.[14] The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for medical research. ... The logo of the National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. ...


Campus

New College's 144-acre bay-front campus is located in west Sarasota, Florida, approximately 50 miles to the south of Tampa. Situated between Sarasota Bay and the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, the college lies within a public educational, cultural, and historic district that includes the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Asolo Theatre. The primary campus is located on the former Edith and Charles Ringling estate. [15] Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County, Florida. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Tampas skyline For alternate meanings, see Tampa (disambiguation) Tampa is a city located in Hillsborough County on the west coast of Florida. ... Sarasota Bay is an estuary located off the west coast of Florida in the United States. ... Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport SRQ FAA diagram Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (IATA: SRQ, ICAO: KSRQ) is located in both Sarasota, Florida (terminal) and Bradenton, Florida (airfield). ... The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is an art museum located in Sarasota, Florida. ... The Asolo Theatre Company is located in Sarasota, Florida. ... Charles Ringling (December 2, 1863 – 1926) was one of the owners of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. ...


The campus's most remarkable structures are the three "Gilded Age" mansions: the former home of Charles and Edith Ringling (today called College Hall), the former home of Hester Ringling (today called Cook Hall), and the former home of Ralph and Ellen Caples (today called Caples Hall). The structures date to the 1920s, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are similar in style to the better known Cà d'Zan, to which they are adjacent. Today, these mansions are used as classrooms and offices. [16] In American history the Gilded Age refers to the post-Civil War and post-Reconstruction era, from 1865 to 1901, which saw unprecedented economic, territorial, industrial, and population expansion. ... Charles Ringling (December 2, 1863 – 1926) was one of the owners of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. ... The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ... The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is an art museum located in Sarasota, Florida. ...


The campus is also home to several architecturally hyper-modern buildings designed by I.M. Pei. These include a complex of student residences known as "Pei", a cafeteria and a student center. The other dormitories are Dort, Goldstein, Palmer B and Viking. Ieoh Ming Pei (貝聿銘 pinyin Bèi Yùmíng) is a Chinese American architect born in Suzhou, China on April 26, 1917. ...


Construction for new dorm complexes is currently ongoing. The dorms are scheduled to be ready for student use by the 2007-08 school year.


Alumnae/i

New College's graduates are relatively few in number - about 4,000, though New College alumnae/i are considered to be anyone who has attended the college for any length of time, regardless of graduation status, and are dated from the year they entered rather than when (or if) they graduated. For example, a student entering New College in 1985 would be considered to be part of the "Class of 1985." A plurality of alumnae/i live in Florida, but large clusters of alums gravitate to San Francisco, New York City and Boston. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Manhattan Queens Brooklyn Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...


Among the most prominent New College graduates include U.S. Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart, productivity trainer and consultant David Allen, professor of law and director for Cumberland Law School's Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics David M. Smolin, mathematician and Fields Medalist William Thurston, attorney and director of the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society Jennifer Granick, philosopher and New College professor Aron Edidin, and drug policy activist & MAPS Founder Rick Doblin. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (born August 13, 1954), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 21st District of Florida (map). ... David Allen is a productivity trainer and consultant. ... Cumberland School of Laws Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics is a research center located in Birmingham, Alabama at Samford University. ... David M. Smolin is a professor of law at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. ... The Fields Medal is a prize awarded to two, three, or four mathematicians not over 40 years of age at each International Congress of the International Mathematical Union, a meeting that takes place every four years. ... William Thurston William Paul Thurston (born October 30, 1946) is an American mathematician. ... Stanford Law School is a graduate school of Stanford University located in Stanford, California in the Silicon Valley. ... Jennifer Granick Jennifer Stisa Granick is an American attorney and lecturer at Stanford Law School, where she is Executive Director at the Center for Internet and Society. ... Aron Edidin is a noteworthy contemporary American analytical philosopher. ... Rick Doblin. ...


External links

  • New College of Florida (official website)
  • New College Student Alliance (student government)
  • New College Alumnae/i Association
  • The New College Foundation
  • The Case for Narrative Evaluation: Promoting Learning Without Grades (An essay by New College president Gordon "Mike" Michalson)
  • Map of Campus (PDF)

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Founded in 1960 as a private college for academically talented students, New College became a public college in 1975 through a merger with the State of Florida System which resulted in its affiliation with the University of South Florida.
Today, as the state's independent honors college, New College of Florida retains its distinctive academic program and high standards which make it a college of choice for students who can manage the freedom and responsibility of designing their own education.
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The New College of Florida is an independent public honors college for the state of Florida located in Sarasota, Florida on the former Ringling Estate.
NCF was founded in 1960 as a private college, and was merged into the state university system in 1975.
It was affiliated with the University of South Florida, as New College of USF, until it gained independence in 2001.
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