#4 Prescott College for the Arts, Environment and Social Justice, Prescott, AZ founded by Dr. Charles Franklin Parker in 1963

            Photo Credit: www.prescott.edu

            Photo Credit: www.prescott.edu

With campuses in Prescott and Tucson, Arizona, USA, Kino Bay, Mexico, it is the result of a Ford Foundation challenge to a group of educators to create an ideal college for the future. Founded in 1972 it was known as the Harvard of the West. It serves learners from seventeen to seventy through residential and low residency, self-directed experiential programs. Its’ main headquarters is an evolving biophilic campus which has been awarded numerous honors as a green, solar powered facility. Accredited as a private liberal arts college, it offers bachelor through doctoral programs. Its adventure based educational program is most popular with today’s learners. It relies on tuition, grants and private funding sources. Its purpose is to transform diverse learners into leaders who make a difference while making a living. 

Prescott College has experienced many phases in its 50 year history evolving today as a college for the arts, environment and social justice. It is one of few US colleges offering a true self-directed learning opportunity while enjoying traditional North Central Accreditation and high US ratings. Its low residency program serves mainly working young adults and life-long learners. Choosing what they will study under an accredited academic umbrella, learners follow minimal guidelines to design their curriculum, each course within it, and how they will study experientially. Prescott’s graduates in its 3 degree programs attest to its success. Their lives follow diverse paths, all fulfilling the college’s stated purpose.  It is blessed to have a determined group of founders to support it through financial upheavals, believing in its purpose and historically refusing to let it die. Today it is financially sound and continues to receive numerous awards for its innovative model and self-sustaining campus. Leading it into the future, President John Flicker, is deeply versed in nature having served as president of the National Audubon Society for the past 15 years, and the Nature Conservancy for the previous 21 years. It has a 2020 Plan guiding it to stay the course of providing relevant to today’s students’ needs, self-directed, experiential education to its learners. To learn more visit: http://www.prescott.edu