Wesley College Plans to Expand Educational Offerings in Dover Region
Wesley College has announced plans to increase student educational opportunities and partnerships with the greater Dover area at the College’s three locations: the Main Campus in the heart of Dover’s historic district, Dover Air Force Base where the College currently offers courses, and the new Health Sciences Building (formerly the Frear Federal Building), just one block from Kent General Hospital. In 2009, the College, under the leadership of President William Johnston, mapped out a strategic plan that would strengthen and build ties in Dover. Since then, President Johnston has worked closely with the city and state to improve safety; facilitate ways students, faculty and staff can participate in Dover events and activities; enhance the campus’s physical appearance; and partner with the city on international alliances.
Future plans include expanding offerings in adult education, both on-line and face to face; renovating the College’s art gallery and performance space to create additional venues for exhibits and performances; complete a core curriculum revision that includes outreach to the community through service learning and undergraduate research opportunities; expand international exchanges to bring students to Dover and to send Wesley students abroad; seek ways for relevant academic programs to partner with local businesses, agencies and the state legislature; increase course offerings/programs in summer and expand on-line presence; strengthen current programs and create new majors, minors, and master’s programs that offer more options to Wesley students and regional residents who seek further education.
As part of these efforts to expand the College’s commitment to Dover, President Johnston announced that the College will phase out their current offerings in New Castle. With the proposal approved at a recent Board of Trustees meeting, Wesley College plans to request a “substantive change” through its regional accrediting body, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). If approved, Wesley College will provide comprehensive “Student Care Plans” to facilitate each student’s current degree completion, over the next 12-24 months.
“We are enthusiastic about the College’s commitment to meet educational needs in the Dover region. We believe it will be good for our students, good for the College, and good for the Dover region,” said President Johnston of this focused strategic direction. “We are committed to ensuring our New Castle students have every opportunity to complete their current pursuit of a degree.”
Wesley College is a United Methodist institution of higher education offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to approximately 1700 students.