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Trustees Receive Updates on Alliance


To the Marlboro Community on and off the Hill,

The working groups mentioned in our December 14th update have continued to make progress on the Marlboro - Emerson alliance. We’d like to provide some updates to the community.

Following a very successful student visit to Emerson on Friday, February 14, the number of students who have signed a letter of intent has increased from 55 to 70. In addition, 16 students who initially applied to Marlboro for the fall 2020 have applied to the Marlboro Institute and three other students who applied to Emerson directly have applied to the Institute. In the last few weeks, Marlboro hosted visits from all the colleges with which we have transfer agreements (Bennington, Castleton, College of the Atlantic, and St. Michael’s). Earlier this week, in response to requests from our students, we added a new transfer agreement with Hampshire.

The proposed Marlboro Institute curriculum developed by the joint faculty working groups, which incorporates many essential elements of the Marlboro experience (clear writing, a Marlboro seminar each year, a senior year capstone with elements of Plan and outside examination), is being reviewed by the Marlboro faculty and working its way through the Emerson curriculum approval process.

Trustee Mara Williams is leading a task force on the college’s archives, in coordination with the college’s head librarian and project archivist, with the goal of keeping the materials together at a facility that has the resources to ensure those archives are well preserved and accessible, ideally in Vermont. Meanwhile, the College is investing in making digital copies of all Plans of Concentration (Plans are bound and professionally cataloged).

A task force on the college’s art collections, also led by Mara, has the goal of ensuring that the art collections are managed in a way that meets the goals of the donors. Furthermore, the board recently approved a resolution to protect and preserve the three walls with historic murals inside the college’s Captain Dan Mather House, located at 2134 South Road.

Meanwhile, the Campus working group continues to accept proposals for future uses of the Marlboro College campus, ideally with the goal of continuing educational and cultural uses. See for more details, and for directions for submitting proposals.

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  • Detail from the mural in Cap’n Dan Mather House.


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