IWC receives ‘college of distinction’ recognition
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
“Iowa Wesleyan College has been recognized as a college of distinction,” said Jim Pedrick, director of the annual fund at IWC.
According to Pedrick, only eight colleges in the state of Iowa were named a college of distinction.
“We strive for educational excellence at IWC,” Hedrick said. “The Washington Monthly, who rates colleges on contribution and public good, rated IWC number one out of 350 colleges as well. They base this off of how much the school provides service learning, so this would be our RSI program or Service Learning and Civic Engagement, which is what the class is called now.”
There are about 1,000 IWC alumni who live in the area and at least 100 who work in the county, according to Pedrick.
“It’s hard to tell exactly how many work in the area because we don’t keep tabs on everyone who graduates, but we know we have some who are nurses, county supervisors and even teachers,” Pedrick said.
IWC does have a major impact in the community.
“According to the Iowa College Foundation, IWC and its 22 sister colleges bring an impact $1.8 billion. If you do the math, and with the enrollment at IWC, which is about 600 last fall and counting those who work for the college, IWC makes an impact of about $25 million,” Pedrick stated.
The college has many events that include the community and also impact the community. The college has homecoming and commencement; those two events bring people into the community and this year, according to Pedrick, the college will be holding an inauguration event for Dr. Steven Titus, who is the 29th president of the college, in April.
“This year, the college is even talking about hosting the Belle Babb Mansfield Symposium, and Christie Vilsack will be the first speaker for that. We hope to bring in international guests to this event, so this will be a big deal,” Pedrick said also.
IWC has started Masters level courses at the college once again.
“We are going to have classes in statistics and leadership communications as of now, and we hope to add more as the year progresses,” Pedrick said. “We are even offering dual credit classes with Mt. Pleasant Community High School. Those classes start in January and we have room for those high school students interested. Because of this, we have even had contact from six other schools now, all interested in dual credit classes.”
Pedrick hopes to help the community with its needs and to continue to serve it as well.
“We need to get a stronger financial footing and provide educational needs to the community. IWC is doing what it can to help,” Pedrick finished.