On the Horizon: Changes for the 2018-2019 School Year

Photo Credit: Goucher College

Article by Kylie Miller

As Goucher is closing in on the end of the 2017-2018 school year, there is a lot of buzz about what will be different in the fall. Many changes are in the works and here is the lowdown of what’s on the horizon.

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Construction

There have been major construction plans underway that will be completed over the summer. Goucher students can look forward to returning to campus in the fall with the new First-Year Village and Mary Fisher Dining Hall. Additionally, Tuttle House will be completely restored so no major construction will be taking place during the 2018-2019 school year at Goucher.

Dining Halls and Meal Plans

With the completion of the new Mary Fisher Dining Hall, food will no longer be served in Stimson or Huebeck. While Alice’s will remain open, it has been reported that The Van will be gone next year. Additionally, meal plans are changing which all current students should have signed up for during room draw last month. Instead of choosing an amount of meals for the entire semester, students now have to choose an amount of meals per week with the options of 10, 14, or 19 meals. They will automatically renew each Sunday and First-Year students are required to have the biggest meal plan.

Tuition

Goucher College was recognized for not raising their tuition at all for the 2017-2018 school year. Unfortunately, this is not the case looking ahead to the 2018-2019 school year. Jose Bowen, Goucher College President, sent out an email in April informing students that full-time undergraduate tuition is being raised by 1.9% next year. However, the cost of living in a standard double room will remain the same and the new meal plan system has a lower cost per meal.

Faculty and Staff Members

There have been several faculty members to leave during the 2017-2018 school year at Goucher. The Director of Athletics & Physical Education, Geoff Miller, retired in March after working at Goucher for 24 years. The search for a new Director of Athletics was launched in February by creating a search committee of students, faculty, staff, an alumni, and a trustee. Two candidates for the position visited during the first week of May, but there has been no reported hire decision. Back in December it was announced that Goucher’s Provost, Leslie Lewis, resigned and will be returning to Goucher in the 2019-2020 school year as a professor of English after a sabbatical for the 2018-2019 school year. More recently it was announced that Goucher’s Associate Provost, La Jerne Terry Cornish, will be leaving Goucher to accept a new position at Ithaca College. There have been no public announcements regarding how these two positions are being filled for the 2018-2019 school year, other than that an interim provost took over for the 2018 spring semester.

These changes bring mixed emotions of excitement and uncertainty for current Goucher College students. Everyone who is returning for the fall semester has much to look forward to.

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