In its continuing commitment to providing graduate students with a diverse array of opportunities for study, Plymouth State University’s College of Graduate Studies will offer five intensive four-day classes in business and educational leadership at Waterville Valley’s Best Western Silver Fox Inn during the summer 2006 semester.
“We wanted to reach out and bring some business to our local community, while taking some pressure off the campus in the summer,” said Dr. Leo Corriveau, the executive director of the College of Graduate Studies. “We’re trying to be more customer-oriented. Because this is a resort-type atmosphere, it will be a special opportunity for students to go there.”
In addition to its Plymouth campus, PSU currently offers graduate courses in Concord, Penacook, Manchester, Keene, Bedford, Portsmouth, Gorham, Littleton, Lebanon and Conway. On average, graduate students from all over New Hampshire drive 45 minutes to 1 hour to get to the Plymouth campus. Offering an overnight option in Waterville Valley may be a way to entice students and help the adult learner take courses at PSU, said Corriveau.
The Waterville Valley partnership may also be a way to make more courses available to students in the summer. Right now, summer semesters at Plymouth State are full of activity, due to a combination of summer institutes and workshops, camps and other events. Adding another course location to its roster would allow the College of Graduate Studies to offer even more opportunities for study.
The Waterville Valley CAGS courses are intensive, held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Built into each day’s schedule are times for reading and reflection, student presentations, teambuilding activities, and recreation. To prepare for each course before arriving at Waterville Valley, students will complete work on WebCT, PSU’s online course portal. In addition, each course would require a final project or paper.
During their time at Waterville Valley, students will be able to take advantage of the town’s extensive recreation facilities, which include tennis courts, a golf course, hiking and biking trails and more. The Silver Fox Inn provides access to mountain bike and kayak rentals and passes to the White Mountain Athletic Club. For PSU students taking CAGS courses in Waterville Valley, the Best Western Silver Fox Inn is offering a special lodging rate of $345, which includes room and meal costs for four days.
PSU has offered graduate classes at Waterville Valley in the past. For 10 years, students pursuing the PATH (Partners in Alternative Health and Healing) Institute, a graduate certificate program focused on alternative healing methods, have completed intensive long-weekend courses at Waterville Valley. During the spring term, PATH students can choose from Women in Leadership, Creating Organizational Health, Topics in Alternative Health and Healing, and Body Centered Therapies, each offered at the Best Western Silver Fox Inn.
Students say they like participating in intensive, residential courses like those offered through the PATH program.
“The format fits my schedule and provides a great learning environment. The three days are intense, but very rewarding. I always come away feel refreshed, awake and aware of my surroundings,” said PATH student Sarah Veazey.
Corriveau hopes to see similar positive feedback from students taking this summer’s CAGS offerings at Waterville Valley.
This summer’s course offerings at Waterville Valley include three Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) classes in educational leadership, a business administration class, an education class called Reaching Every Learner, and several PATH Institute courses. Registration for summer classes begins in April. For more information about programs offered by the College of Graduate Studies, please call 1-800-FOR-GRAD or (603) 535-2636 or visit the Graduate Studies Web site,
Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.