People, Ideas and Programs

  • A new freshman orientation program, named AIM Hei (short for Advise, Inspire, Mentor), was established in the Fall of 2011 to help incoming students start their college careers on a positive foot and maintain their progress through to graduation.
  • A new integrated Academic and Career Support Center has been created. The center promotes academic excellence and career development through private tutoring, study groups, writing assistance, life skill development and other services that contribute to students’ classroom success. Career and major exploration, personal assessment, internship placement and job search coaching support students in a variety of ways.
  • An Enrollment Management Three-Year Growth Plan has been implemented with long-term goals and overall strategies to recruit and retain students to Heidelberg. The plan was developed in conjunction with the Academic Affairs Strategic Plan and the Student Affairs Strategic Plan; all three areas depend upon a steady stream of engaged and prepared students.
  • Through the generosity of alumnus and Trustee John Q. Adams and his wife, Patricia, the university launched The Patricia Adams Lecture Series in the Fall of 2010, designed to bring to campus twice annually exceptional women in all fields who discuss important leadership issues such as business ethics, organizational strategy, corporate citizenship, balancing work and family and other timely topics. The series has been very popular as a networking tool for Heidelberg students.
  • An ongoing focus on academic excellence, as witnessed by increasing emphasis on well-established programs such as the annual “Mindscape” Student Research Conference, the Academic Excellence Dinner that honors dean’s list, honors and Honor Society students; and senior “capstone” honors presentations as a graduation requirement.
  • In conjunction with three annual faculty awards (the Ream-Paradiso Distinguished Teaching Award, the distinguished Scholarship/Research Award and the Jane Frost Kalnow Professorship in the Humanities), a fourth award, the Innovative Teaching Award to honor a professor for creative use of technology or pedagogy in the classroom, has been created and will be presented for the first time in 2013.
  • In academic year 2011-12, two new majors – Health Sciences and Self-Designed Studies – were created. Both will be offered for the first time beginning in the Fall Semester 2012. The multidisciplinary Health Sciences major will prepare students for careers in health care, physical or occupational therapy, chiropractic and physician assistant studies. The Self-Designed Studies major will allow students to “marry” varied interests and learning objectives by creating their own major by combining coursework from a variety of disciplines with the help of a faculty mentor.
  • The new Summer Program in German and European Studies punctuates Heidelberg’s ongoing and long-standing commitment to provide international learning opportunities for Heidelberg students. The summer program immerses students in German and European culture and study in a shortened term and is based at the historic University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany.