Muhlenberg Parents Council Holds Spring Meeting
Last month, more than 30 parents traveled to Muhlenberg to share their thoughts and ideas with President Helm, faculty, and staff members during the Spring Parents Council Meeting. The Parents Council demonstrates its strong commitment to the College by participating in Council meetings held twice per academic year, making annual leadership gifts and serving as ambassadors to prospective and incoming Muhlenberg families.
Parents from six states, as far away as California, spent the weekend on campus hearing presentations on a variety of subjects, including the Office of Academic Life and the work it does promoting high academic achievement; the national recognition that the student-run Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion has brought the school through its political and social issues polling; and the way technology is changing the art and science of teaching at the College.
President Helm spoke about the incoming freshman class, stating that a record number of applications had been received. He also discussed his philosophy regarding online education and the work a task force is doing to determine how it might be used in conjunction with classroom instruction. This generated questions and comments from parents, covering the pros and cons of “flipped” classrooms – where students view recorded lectures online and discuss the material with the professor during regular classes – and President Helm’s personal experience using the approach. During some brainstorming, one parent wondered whether prerequisite classes, like math or calculus, could be done online effectively.
The College is grateful to these parents who generously give their time and resources to help students have the best possible Muhlenberg experience.