Bates 'Swing Deans' featured in Chronicle of Higher Education
Each dean works one year in the Office of Admission recruiting underrepresented students, then works the following year in the Dean of Students Office, helping the recruited students through the freshman experience. In the third year, they repeat the cycle.
“The college came up with the positions, known as “swing deans,” as part of a broader effort to increase the diversity of the student body and enhance the experience of students of color, as well as those who are first-generation collegegoers or who are from rural Maine. Bates has a history of diversity: The college was founded by abolitionists, and it counts Benjamin Mays, who mentored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was president of Morehouse College, among its alumni.”
The feature story followed from President Hansen’s fall visit with Chronicle editors to discuss a variety of Bates stories. Below are other recent Bates stories about the “swing dean” program:
- “College-access program head fills swing dean position,” Bates Views, Nov. 9, 2010
- “Ask Me Another: Two Deans, One Goal,” Bates Magazine, Fall 2009