Karen Patterson ’73, President of the Randolph-Macon Woman’s College Alumnae and Randolph College Alumni Association
I am sure that all of you are aware of the turmoil regarding liberal arts and the cost of college versus the value. All good liberal arts colleges, including Randolph, are addressing these issues.
We can be proud of Randolph’s approach. The College continues to provide an excellent education, and its value has persisted through time. The academic standards remain strong. New graduates leave Randolph primed to succeed. The College understands what it takes to be successful at Randolph and recruits students who will meet those standards—2013’s fall enrollment is the highest since before 2006. The freshmen-to-sophomore retention rate is good and better than when we were single sex. Meanwhile, the entire College community works hard to ensure that the high-quality Randolph College experience does not come at too high of a cost. As a result, the budget is leaner and the finances stronger than before coeducation.
This success is due, in part, to
President Klein’s leadership, but also to the faculty, staff, and administration. The College has incredibly smart, talented, and dedicated people who teach, lead, and manage. This fall we have the privilege of welcoming our 10th president, Bradley W. Bateman. He is a devoted teacher and a very strong advocate for the liberal arts and small, private colleges. He is also an economist and a realist. The College will continue to strengthen and grow under his leadership.
As always, I urge you to visit. A good time would be Alumnae and Alumni Council (September 20–21)— we are always looking for incredibly smart, talented, and dedicated alums to add their support to the College. When you meet the people who work here, you will know, as I do, that Randolph is in good hands.
Karen Patterson ’73