Dear Clark Families
A Message from the Dean of the College and the Dean of Students
We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Clark community. This is undoubtedly an exciting time for you, and we look forward to working in partnership with you to help your new student thrive here.
Your new student is about to embark on one of the most dramatic transitions he or she will ever make in life. For many students, this will be their first time away from home. All of them will need to handle college-level academic work, make new friends, deal with finances, live in a community and respond to numerous other issues associated with building independent lives.
At Clark, we consider all of these components of college life as part of the educational experience. We don't divide your student's life here into academic and cocurricular zones. Rather, we are committed to meeting the needs of each student as a whole. We recognize that our students have their own histories, strengths and challenges. Our academic- and student-affairs staffs work together to help our students capitalize on those strengths and challenge themselves to grow. We also encourage our students to be forthcoming about their needs and to take advantage of the many support services we offer, which are outlined in the Handbook for Families (available in Mailing 3 and soon to be available on these pages in PDF). You should feel free to consult any of the listed support services directly as well.
We hope the information in these pages that follow will give you a sense of how the Clark faculty, administration and staff work to sustain a challenging and supportive environment that allows each of our students to develop and succeed, intellectually and personally. We also hope the Handbook for Families will help clarify for you how we can work together to ensure that your son or daughter makes the most of the truly extraordinary learning opportunities and resources that Clark has to offer.
Again, congratulations and welcome to the Clark community. We look forward to getting to know your son or daughter, and you, over the next four years.
Mary Ellen Boyle
Dean of the College
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dean of Students