Lorraine Lange to Lead Hollins’ Graduate Programs in Teaching and Liberal Studies

Lorraine S. Lange, who is retiring this June as superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools, has been named director of Hollins University’s co-educational Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) program, effective July 1.

After beginning her career as a teacher in Roanoke in 1969, Lange went on to serve as assistant principal, principal, supervisor of language arts K-12, associate director of instruction, assistant superintendent of instruction, and deputy superintendent of instruction before she was named superintendent in 2006. Her distinguished contributions to K-12 education were recognized when she was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2012. That same year, she was one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.

“Dr. Lange has enjoyed an extraordinary career and we are delighted that she has agreed to helm our M.A.T. and M.A.L.S. programs,” said Patricia Hammer, vice president for academic affairs at Hollins. “Her knowledge and expertise will benefit our graduate students tremendously.”

Lange has first-hand experience in both the graduate programs she will be leading at Hollins. She completed her M.A.L.S. degree there in 1974 and later taught graduate-level education courses to aspiring teachers as an adjunct professor.

“I am thrilled to return to Hollins,” Lange said. “I am eager to guide students as they pursue their higher education goals.”

The M.A.T. program presents students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution the opportunity to earn teaching licensure and a graduate degree at the same time. It was the first program of its kind in the Roanoke Valley.

The M.A.L.S. program is intended for students with varied interests and backgrounds and features concentrations in humanities, social sciences, visual and performing arts, leadership, and interdisciplinary studies.

 


Hollins Announces Website Redesign

Hollins University has launched a redesign of its website, Hollins.edu, the most recent step in a continuing effort to better serve its community through the school’s growing digital platform.

Features include easy navigation, a refreshed look, and clean content to provide a user-friendly online experience. The site also boasts a new responsive design to accommodate the increasing amount of web traffic that comes from tablets and mobile devices.

“The redesigned website highlights Hollins’ standing as a prestigious liberal arts university,” said Hollins President Nancy Gray. “The intent is to showcase our close community and the strength of our student body and academic programs.”

Hollins produced the redesign in partnership with NewCity, a nationally recognized consulting, design, and development firm based in Blacksburg.

“Hollins’ approach should serve as a textbook to any school wanting to enhance its identity,” said Brian Maddox, creative director at NewCity. “The design sits comfortably where heritage meets contemporary, much like Hollins itself. They took the time to not only discover who they were speaking to as an institution, but also what voice they were using to do so.”

Gray added, “The redesign perfectly portrays our history and personality. It reflects our longstanding mission of preparing students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society.”


Forbes Ranks Hollins Among America’s 100 Most Financially Fit Colleges

financialHollins University has received an “A”  in the 2013 Forbes College Financial Grades, which the magazine says ”measure the fiscal soundness of more than 900 four-year, private, not-for-profit schools with more than 500 students.”

Forbes lists Hollins’ “financial GPA” as 4.013 out of maximum 4.5, which ranks 76th in the country and third in Virginia behind Washington and Lee University (ranked 10th nationally) and the University of Richmond (ranked 42nd).

“The grades measure financial fitness as determined by nine components broken into three categories,” Forbes says. The variables used to determine balance sheet and operational strength include:

  • Year-end endowment assets divided by the number of 12 month full-time equivalent students
  • How well a college’s “expendable assets” cover its annual expenses
  • The amount of expendable assets a college has relative to its debt load
  • How well a college meets its obligations (such as instructional expenses and students services) from the tuition, grants, gifts, and investment revenue it receives
  • How dependent a college is on tuition for core revenues
  • Whether a college’s assets are actually growing
  • The percentage of admitted students who actually choose to attend a particular college
  • The percentage of students actually getting institutional grants or rebates from colleges to attract enrollment
  • How much money a particular college devotes to the core mission of higher education

The Forbes College Financial Grades, which use the two most recent fiscal years available from the Department of Education (2011 and 2010), are published in the magazine’s August 13 issue.