The Sphere College Project provides an environment for each student to discover and pursue their passion and vocation for enrichment of the human experience.
The Sphere College Project is a project to create an institution of higher education for adults of all ages who are not a good fit for the traditional model of higher education. The College Project is financially accessible to all. Yes, all.
The essential idea behind the project is to create an institution of higher education that helps students identify what they wish to accomplish with their lives. Each student will then work closely with faculty mentors to build an individualized, interdisciplinary program of study directly connected with their goals. Finally, each student will develop and realize a project that puts their passions into action using the skills they have acquired. This project may be small and local or large and global in scope.
Picture this as a short-term vision: 100 students and 10 faculty members with a diverse knowledge base in the Phoenixville area. Classes on a wide variety of topics in different locations around town, providing local businesses with rental income and building a strong relationship businesses in our community. Students and faculty getting together in small groups to share meals, bringing their cost of food down while discussing topics from their classes, fostering a strong learning community. Students and faculty coming together to apply their creativity to figure out practical ways to develop Phoenixville in a manner that creates truly sustainable, environmentally sound businesses and jobs in a way that is harmonious with and respectful of those who have lived here for decades. All of this being accomplished while enhancing the natural beauty of our area and keeps our hard-earned money here in the borough rather than going into the bank accounts of people who have no emotional investment in our community. Students identifying and pursuing their passions, and becoming involved in community-enhancing projects like community gardens and youth education activities, with the mentorship of faculty members and local community leaders. The College taking on projects that will financially sustain it and help it to grow, and continuing to unfold in a way that pragmatically serves the student population.
We can do this! And when we have stabilized it here, we will expand into other communities when the time is right.
What Makes The Sphere College Project Different?
The students associated with the Project discuss this question in one of our classes. See and hear what they say in this video: http://www.vimeo.com/9087364, and keep in mind that we seek to do this for a population that is not served by the current model of higher education: people who either do not have the financial means to pursue their education, or for whom the traditional lecture model simply does not work.
The Sphere College Project is located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. To keep costs low and to build a good relationship with area businesses and the community at large we will utilize existing property. Classes have met in Wolfgang Books and in the Colonial Theatre. We currently meet in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. If you are in the Phoenixville area and interested in joining, please send your contact info to admissions AT spherecollege.org and we’ll get back to you asap. When we have an office and a phone we’ll list them here!
The Sphere College Project
P.O. Box 1024
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Email: info AT spherecollege DOT org
THE SPHERE COLLEGE PROJECT IS CURRENTLY NOT A DEGREE-GRANTING ORGANIZATION.
This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education describes our status as of April 2011.