HISTORY OF WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Wesleyan university dates back to the 19th century. It was founded in the year 1831, the institution which was started by Methodists. My uncle informed me of the rich history of the university. I will be attending for business to help him in his plumbing business http://www.iconplumbingllc.com

leaders and Middletown citizens is located in Middletown, Connecticut in the United States. It acquired its name from the leader of the Methodist; John Wesley. Methodist church which originated back in England was particularly important as it championed for social fairness and education. Currently, the university has transformed over the years and is boasting of being a centre of excellence and competing among the great. it takes courage, dedication and total mindset to transform a simple school into a great and renowned university. Over the past years, it has gone through fire and for sure it is purely a force to reckon. Wesleyan University started with a very small number of students being less than fifty, they only had one president and a few professors who were paid less. It started during a Methodist conference that was led by Willbur Fisk as the then president, this doesn’t imply that the university was a Methodist denominational Centre. Its main intention at inception was to provide education.

Originally the university started as a whole white men agenda and did not admit women into their systems. it was until after forty years (1872) that the university become the first U.S college to introduce coeducation as they allowed some women to attend studies, this was later known as the Wesleyan Experiment. This was not to last forever as the board agreed to stop the admission of female students citing that they had no capabilities of contributing to the community as men could do after exiting the school calendar and they feared they would lose the core idea of the institution which was to protect the idea of masculinity. The idea was accepted and from 1912-1970 the Wesleyan Experiment stop.

In 1937 the university decided to become independent of the Methodist church. This was a great strategy as the next year marked the wake of

an institution of higher learning that was built on solid foundations to offer the required education and be at par with other colleges like Yale and Harvard. Beginning 1950’s, the then president Victor Lloyd Butterfield, began a program entitled “College Plan”. The plan was that the entire study was going to be divided into seven smaller faculties that were to provide for doctoral programs and act as a centre for Humanities. The plan established residential colleges across the Hill that raised the population of the university. The student to faculty ratio stood at 7:1. By the end of 1960, the university had the largest endowment for each student in the U.S this was attributed to the effective fundraising that was done.

In the succeeding years, the university went through a transformation on the college plan, including the return of admission of female students into the system which was in equal measure to men. This was in realisation of the need for equity when it came to gender matters. It was in 1970 when the first set of female students were admitted to the Wesleyan as freshmen. The student’s body increased tremendously, therefore, gender parity was quickly achieved. This milestone was agitated by the civil rights movements and great freedom fighters like Martin Luther King Jr who visited the institution on several occasions before this was done.

Later in the 1970s the Wesleyan programs and faculties were expanded to take into effect the new interdisciplinary courses and centres developed. An example is a centre for African American studies that was set up in the year 1974 bridging the gap between the whites and the blacks that existed. The centre for the Arts, that was designed by Kevin Roche; was the centre for University’s visual and performance arts was pivotal in nurturing their talents in theatre and films through this department of performance series. The university also insured that the Asian culture of studies was incorporate into the system by setting up the Mansfield Freeman Centre for East Asian studies in the year 1987. Due to the

diverse nature in the United States, the institution decided in 1998 to open the Centre for the Americans, that was to bring together the studies from American studies and the Latin American studies. Later in 2004, a Centre for Film Studies and Production facilities was opened. The centre boasts of the great structures of the modern age era equipped with modern technology in the filming and broadcasting sector.

Across the sports, the university has transformed over the years. The Freeman Athletic centre was officially opened in 2005 and has a capacity of 1,200 seats, the Silloway Gymnasium for the volleyball and basketball and other famous courts that the university carries pride. The Anderson Fitness centre that has a vast space of 7500-square-foot and the Rosenbaum Squash that contains more than five courts in total. It is such a state of art square. Among the many building that the university carries pride in are the Ulsdan centre, the renovated Fayerweather building which has the original structure of the former Fayerweather structure as part of the façade. This building is used for several university activities like lecture halls, performance, recitals and other common functions. The Olin library that plays as a key role as a conference hall, faculty meeting and seminar spaces for the students.

In the academic year of 2007-2008, Michael S. Roth took the reigns as the university president. Knowing the weight of the institution he began

a process strategic planning that was to refine the next phase of the university including curriculum and the reliant innovations for the existing faculties. In his first policy, he has increased the grant to support around 41 per cent of the undergraduates who receive funding from the Wesleyan University as a scholarship. Another policy that is in the planning is establishing funds to set up the Allbritton Centre that will lead studies in the Public life. This will link the theoretical work in class with the more practical and demanding policies issued by the state and the internationally set standards in order to produce relevant and qualified men and women into the world.

It is said that for gold to be gold it has to go through a furnace. In this words Wesleyan university has gone through tremendous changes over its existence since inception and it is now among the best universities in the United States. As it celebrates the 187th anniversary its really has a great lesson to teach the emerging universities.