Prescott College is Arizona’s only private nonprofit liberal arts college. Many of the College’s core philosophical and educational principles emerged in Phoenix in 1963 at a symposium of state and nationally known leaders in higher education, sponsored by the Ford Foundation’s Fund for Post-Secondary Education, Business and Industry. These leading minds were asked to create a cutting-edge vision of a college that would train a new generation of leaders with the skills, moral foundation, and vision to promote peace and well being among the world’s peoples, and with the foresight to attack such looming problems as environmental degradation, poverty, and overpopulation.
The core principals developed in 1963 persist today, and the school’s 50-year history has been an ongoing tale of innovation though transformative education to meet the demands of an ever-changing world and population. Prescott College was, in fact, recently named in the top ten most innovative small schools in the country, and ranked higher than the likes of Colgate, Amherst, Haverford, Scripps and others. What follows are the most distinctive innovations the school lays claim to historically and that it has continued to evolve, setting the standard for academic excellence through experiential, collaborative education.