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A Message from the President. . .
f*HP he 1992-93 academic session was another
I outstanding year in the life and progress of
Chowan College. Throughout the year an
atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm was evident in
all areas of the campus conmiunity as we moved closer to
re-opening a ch^ter in the college’s history by returning
to four-year status.
A great deal of our time during the past year was
centered around work with the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools relative to our accreditation as a
four-year institution. We were delighted to be informed
by letter during the past summer that the Commission on
Colleges had voted to continue Chowan College in
Candidacy at Level II to offer the Bachelor of Arts and
Bachelor of Science degrees.
I was particularly pleased that we were
asked to provide a follow-up Progress
Report related to only one of the fifteen
recommendations of the SACS committee.
Specifically, we have been asked to
provide follow-up statements on the
academic and professional preparation of
the faculty in the areas of science and
printing. Our response to this matter will be
submitted well in advance of the October
15 deadline. Further, it appears, that the
Substantive Change Committee (Member
ship) of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools will visit our campus
The accreditation process required for
returning to four-year status has required
many, many hours of woric on the part of a large number
of individuals on campus. We are indebted, indeed, to Dr.
B. Franklin Lowe, vice-president for academic affairs,
who has guided the entire process and has given unself
ishly of his time and efforts in this regard.
Our “Day for Chowan” last year was expanded to
include five counties in the Roanoke-Chowan area and
into neighboring Virginia. This is the one day in Novem
ber of each year when woikers canvas the area in solicita
tion of gifts for the college. Last year, the number of
workers increased to over 400 individuals who volun
teered to give one day for the purpose of raising ftmds for
Chowan College. The total amount raised last year was
Other notable events of the past year included the
first Annual Agricultural Celebration which was ex
tremely well-received by agricultural leaders and busi
nesses of this region. We also held dedication ceremonies
for Hassell Drive, to name the street at the south entrance
to the campus in tribute to Jack Hassell, director of the
physical plant. This is a well-deserved honor for Hassell,
who has rendered outstanding service to the college for
more than 30 years.
The new computer laboratory in McSweeney Com
puter Center was opened last year which made possible
computer instruction a part of our basic educational core
curriculum. We are indebted to various Camp founda
tions, and others, for making this facility possible. The
Dr. Jerry F. Jackson
President of the College
center has been named in honor of Mrs. Texie Camp
Maries of Boykins, VA.
One of the real highlights of the year was the partici
pation of the faculty and staff in “manning” telephones to
call prospective students. For a two-week period they
gave their evening hours to assist in the admissions effort
and to spread the word of Chowan College to students
and their parents. This is evidence of their dedication and
commitment to this institution.
As we begin a new year at Chowan, first and fore
most in our efforts will be the completion of the accredi
tation process. We are excited about graduating our first
senior class in 57 years when we hold commencement
exercises next May. During the year we will provide
events to honor the graduates in this history-making class.
Miller & Cook Associates has been
retained as consultants for student recniit-
ment. In this capacity, they have already
provided a report of their findings in a
study comparing Chowan first with other
private two-year colleges and then with
other private four-year institutions. Their
report reveals not only our strengths and
weaknesses, but also identifies some
problem areas which need to be ad
A committee, with the official title of
Cooperative Institutional Research
Program, has been appointed to investi
gate the problem areas identified by
Miller & Cook Associates’ report and to
make appropriate recommendations for
correction and improvement
In athletics, the college will compete on the four-year
level of N.C.A.A. Division III in all varsity sports, and
we will introduce men’s and women’s intercollegiate
In the area of academics we will strive toward raising
more dollars for academic programs and to increase
faculty salaries. We currently have a committee in place,
chaired by a member of the Board of Trustees, to estab
lish a salary scale based upon faculty rank and this
committee will be making a report later this year.
During this year, we will continue to raise admissions
staiidards until we reach the minimum level of 750 on the
SAT to gain admission to Chowan College.
Another important undertaking this year is that of the
Planning Committee, which is being assisted by the
departmental chairpersons, in developing a distinct
statement as to who we are and what we expect to be as a
four-year college. We simply cannot be the average, four-
year, liberal arts institution. We must be unique if we are
to continue to grow and prosper as an institution of
Christian higher education.
In all our efforts—regardless of our position with
Chowan, our responsibilities, or our duties—we must
continue to maintain a genuine and sincere interest in our
students. We must also strive, in all of our planning and
decision making, to do what is best for the student.
To this end, we must be totally committed.
—Jerry F. Jackson, President
Plus. . .
to trustee honor
• Tripp named
of the Year”
prepare for play
• Schedules for ’93-’94