Hesston College in 2030: Predictions from students, faculty and staff

by Abby Musser – Horizon Copy Editor

A lot can happen in 15 years. After all, in a matter of just a few years Hesston College has added new academic programs, built new buildings, developed a new general education curriculum, and said goodbye and hello to countless students, staff and faculty. One can only guess how things will change in another 15 years. Here’s what staff, students and faculty predicted for the future of Hesston.

“We will be more international. We will have a clear mission and a strong spiritual center along with a more diverse student body. We will continue to have a strong campus, along with programs off campus around the country and around the world. We will be partnering with churches and organizations. We will have programs that we haven’t even thought of yet. Our president will not be a white male in his 50s.” – President Howard Keim

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“I don’t think Hesston will change an incredible amount in the next 15 years, but I do think technology will continue to become more a part of the Hesston experience. For example, students will have to print out assignments less and less, and more and more students will take notes on computers instead of paper.”

-Shelby Miller

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“I think and hope that Hesston college will be more international but our tradition will still remain.”

-Hikaru Takeuchi

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“In the year 2030, there is a chance that Hesston will be a four-year school serving primarily nursing and aviation students.”

-Eric Cender

 

“I think it will no longer be affiliated with the MC USA.”

-Caleb Schrock-Hurst

 

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“I hope to see it grow in size! More people should be able to experience the richness of academics, spiritual, and social life that Hesston offers.Hopefully it isn’t too large though, because there is something special about how small it is, and how close-knit the community is. Another thing I would love to see is just the love of Jesus radiating off of every graduate from Hesston College.”

-Karli Mast

 

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“I personally think that Hesston College won’t be Hesston College. I’m pretty certain that it would be named Hesston Mennonite University. There will various 4-year majors such as the aviation program, Disaster Management and education. Furthermore, newer programs would emerge such as aviation engineering, construction management, mechanical and chemical engineering. The future of Hesston College looks very optimistic. This place will be an excellent place to start a career.”

 -Jonathan Gonzalez

 

“Bigger and less private, also less conservative with fewer cool traditions or dead and the buildings either gone or in use by something other than Hesston College students.” -Charissa Graham

 

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Hesston College won’t exist in 2030. No college will.”

-Hannah Hostetter

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