A Pioneer in Education

Annie B. Irish

Annie B. Irish was born in 1857 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. She had two siblings, her sister Mary, who was ten years her junior, and her brother Howard, 18 years her junior. Their father, Col. Irish, was appointed to ambassador in Dresden, Germany, by President Ulysses Grant when Annie was twelve. It was here that […]


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First-Year Seminar

Every fall semester, Wooster’s First-Year Seminar (FYS) classes focus on exposing first-year students to new topics and skills.  While first-year seminars are common at many colleges and universities around the nation, Wooster has offered a program to prepare its incoming students for more than 60 years. Education for allFirst-year programs changed throughout the late twentieth […]


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Independent Study

In his inaugural address to The  College of Wooster in 1944, Howard F. Lowry, successive president to Charles Wishart, hinted at a new educational plan for the college. In the fall semester of the following school year, President Lowry announced his new plan, called “An Adventure in Education.” This new plan overhauled what the curriculum […]


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Indian Studies Department

In the 1960s, the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) wanted to establish non-western studies programs at its member colleges. Wooster, still hosting its long-running Wooster-in-India program, was assigned Indian Studies by the GLCA in 1965.The goals for the new Indian Studies Department were ambitious. Under the leadership of Dr. James Norton, it quickly set about […]


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Teaching Evolution at Wooster

 In the early twentieth century, Wooster was a devotedly Christian institution. In 1924, Charles Wishart, President of the College, became Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, its highest elected office. In the same decade, students crowded into classrooms to hear Professor Horace Mateer’s lectures on biology. Attendance was […]


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