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April 9, 2014

Paul Smith's chosen for national program

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College is one of nine institutions nationwide chosen to develop innovative, competency-based education through the 2014 Breakthrough Models Incubator program of the Next Generation Learning Challenges

Participation in the program, a press release said, “will support Paul Smith’s College in its work to develop competency-based programs designed for traditional students who are most likely to succeed in a college environment that emphasizes hands-on experiences and learning by doing.”

The threefold aim is to make higher education accessible to more students, provide them with individualized support through their time at Paul Smith’s and equip them to move on to a rewarding career.

“We are truly honored to have been chosen for this pioneering opportunity, as we pride ourselves for leading the way in student support and experiential learning initiatives,” President John W. Mills said in a press release. 

“We believe that anyone with the desire to achieve a college degree should have the opportunity to succeed, and the 2014 Breakthrough Models Incubator program will reinforce our goal of involving students in their own learning in ways that lead to success in college and the world of work.”

Participating schools receive a $50,000 stipend for travel to incubator events and planning expenses to accelerate educational innovation, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Paul Smith’s College, the only four-year college of the Adirondacks, is a school of opportunity,” Mills said in the release. 

“From its first days in the 1940s, the Paul Smith’s College curriculum has been career-oriented. Experiential education is nothing new to us. 

“Theory and practice go hand-in-hand. Learning by doing is in our DNA.”

Learn more about Paul Smith’s at: www.paulsmiths.edu.

$50,000Stipend amount participating schools receive for traveling, planning expenses

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