Goodwin Joins Yale, UConn, Quinnipiac for “Knowledge Economy” Panel
On February 24, the CT Mirror and The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges hosted an open forum on The Knowledge Economy. Part of CT Mirror’s Signature series, the event, hosted at the Quinnipiac School of Medicine and moderated by editor Brett Orzechowski, brought together representatives from state colleges and universities to discuss the rewards and challenges for schools located in a region that one speaker called “an extraordinarily rich environment for education.”
The panelists included Todd Andrews, Vice President for Economic & Strategic Development at Goodwin College; Sal Filardi, Vice President of Facilities & Capital Planning at Quinnipiac University; Richard Jacob, Vice President for Federal and State Relations at Yale University; and Jeff Seeman, Vice President for Research at UConn.
Each speaker offered an overview on how his organization was contributing to The Knowledge Economy. Mr. Andrews spoke of Goodwin’s mission to support not only traditional college-age students, but also career-focused adult learners who work to balance the responsibilities of work, family life, and school. Following the overviews, the panelists focused on more specific topics that included curriculum, support sources, expansion and land development, risk taking, and sustainability.
In his discussion of the rewards of risk taking, Mr. Andrews cited how Goodwin College had outgrown its original, small location; worked with state and federal sources to reclaim land along the Connecticut River; and now offers a beautiful campus that is home not only to a college community but also a unique, thriving system of magnet schools. “The magnet schools assist the College with classroom space in the evening and on weekends,” he said, “and they allow us to affect curriculum at a much earlier stage.”
While the composition and histories of the schools represented at the forum widely varied, the panelists agreed that there is great wisdom in educational organizations working together to create mutual support for developing education for the future. Mr. Seeman commented that the great educational regions of the past — Palo Alto, Cambridge, the Research Triangle — were the result of specific entities coming together under specific conditions. “[Future] strengths” he added, “will stem directly from collaborations.”