Getting to the Heart of It

Sara Jayne Steen President

Sara Jayne Steen

Late last summer, Plymouth State was recognized nationally for its teaching environment, for educational innovation and commitment to student success.  That seemed such an important statement about the campus that I wanted people to know.

On a beautiful autumn Sunday, I attended a community celebration followed by a luncheon with tents and tables on the campus green.   A student introduced himself, and we talked about his classes, what he was learning, the faculty members he was working with.

Curious, I asked whether he thought students knew that the campus had received an award for teaching environment.  Had we gotten the word out to our most important audience, the students?

“No,” he said, and then paused.  “But they do know how good their faculty are.”

Perfect answer.  No more to be said.