“What kind of world do you want to live in? What do you need to know? What are you good at and want to work at to build that world?”
— Peter Kropotkin, geographer, economist, activist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, writer
Each semester begins with an eight-day residency in Vermont or Washington. While students work with advisors to forge individualized study plans for the semester, they also have the opportunity to attend workshops, advising groups, keynote addresses, large celebrations, and a host of other rich and interesting events.
Following the residency, students return home for 16 weeks of independent work in close collaboration with a faculty advisor and/or course mentors.
Together with faculty advisors, students consider study ideas, program content, personal and professional goals, and what they might do to achieve their goals. This low-residency and individualized model combines a strong sense of community with personalized learning.
Over the semester, the exchanges between student and advisor create a dialogue that is exceptionally rich, reflective, and holistic. Out of this comes learning that is transformative and empowering. At the end of the semester, students and advisors write comprehensive evaluations of the student’s work.