In Sitka, on the coast of southeast Alaska, a young group of visionaries has worked for over three years to launch a new, non-traditional college: Outer Coast. Observing that the fundamental mission of many current schools has “faded,” Outer Coast’s prospectus sets forth its purpose:
“We have a vision for something better. Outer Coast will be an institution of learning and teaching, of personal and intellectual growth, of hard work and responsibility. Outer Coast graduates will share a universal vocation: making virtuous change in the world.”
Recognizing that degree-wielding scholars are not necessarily also good teachers, this institution will also prioritize the craft of pedagogy and constantly strive for “neuron-bending” instruction.
Outer Coast founder (and Alaska State Representative) Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and visiting fellow Erin Slomski-Pritz joined us for an interview to discuss the current status and vision for the school, the influence of Deep Springs, challenges with accreditation, and more. (Scroll down for audio)