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Background Information

Employment History

Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce

History Department

The Common School

Provost and Vice President

Bard College at Simon's Rock

History Teacher

Concord Academy

Graduate Student Learning Support Learning Specialist

Harvard University

Teacher

Bowdoin College

Teacher

San Francisco University High School

Affiliations

Emily H. Fisher Research Fellow
Bard College

Education

bachelor of arts degree

Brown University

doctorate degree

history

University of Michigan

master of arts

history

University of Michigan

Web References (57 Total References)


Board of Directors & Staff | Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce

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Peter Laipson Bard College at Simon's Rock Plaipson@simons-rock.edu


INVESTING IN A FILM - Recently ...

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INVESTING IN A FILM - Recently more than 30 students from 10 schools throughout the Northeast will begin filming the major motion picture, Peter and John on Nantucket Island.

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All of them, if they go to Bard College at Simon's Rock, an Early College in Great Barrington, Mass. "I can't imagine there are many places where the head of the place is expected to read and comment on each thesis," says Dr. Peter Laipson, provost at Simon's Rock. "It's really an illustration of how important they are in the life of the college for B.A. students. The tradition began over twenty years ago (about half the life of the college) with then-provost Bernard Rogers, Jr. "Bernie is not only a fast reader, but is an articulate speaker with a prodigious memory," says Laipson. "I think he read each thesis in its entirety, would internalize the content and then at ceremony preceding the traditional commencement dinner would stand up and make seemingly impromptu comments about each senior's thesis. Doing so was a bit easier then. "When the tradition started back in the day, we probably had only 15 to 20 B.A. students," he says. "But we've grown since then. In 2011, Laipson's first year as provost, he had 61 theses to read. "The theses come in - each one an average of 80 pages -- and 10 days later the provost is supposed to comment on them," he says. "So I decided to modify the practice a little bit. Laipson makes an appointment with each graduating senior in the spring semester. "It gives me a chance to meet them and really chat and take notes on what their thesis is about," he says. "I still read each one - at least a chapter or two - to make sure my understanding from our discussion was coincident with what they'd written. The sophistication of many of the papers still surprises him. "I was expecting good, long papers," he says, "But in many cases I found not just talent, but a depth of work I hadn't anticipated. The best students are really writing a Master's thesis.


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"Students talk about how relatively isolated they felt in their sending schools because they were interested in Plato and their classmates were interested in the five-paragraph essay," said Peter Laipson, provost at Bard College at Simon's Rock, which enrolls students as young as 16.


"We try to make it as ...

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"We try to make it as affordable as we can," said Peter Laipson, in his eighth month as provost on the bucolic campus of Bard College at Simon's Rock. He is the former headmaster of the Concord Academy, an independent secondary school.

Nearly 90 percent of the 380 students receive some level of financial aid to help meet the $56,000 annual expense, including tuition, fees and residence charges.
"Like all colleges, we're thinking hard about whether we will increase next year," said Laipson during an interview in his office on Tuesday. "We recognize that even with the generous financial aid we're able to offer, it's burdensome to many families."
With an average classroom size of 15 and an 8-to-1 student-faculty ratio, he added, "that kind of person-intensive education is expensive because you're paying for people."
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The college remains steadfast in its commitment to the liberal arts, Laipson said.
"The conversation is partly about how we make the case for the liberal arts," he said.


"We try to make it as ...

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"We try to make it as affordable as we can," said Peter Laipson, in his eighth month as provost on the bucolic campus of Bard College at Simon's Rock. He is the former headmaster of the Concord Academy, an independent secondary school.

Nearly 90 percent of the 380 students receive some level of financial aid to help meet the $56,000 annual expense, including tuition, fees and residence charges.
"Like all colleges, we're thinking hard about whether we will increase next year," said Laipson during an interview in his office on Tuesday. "We recognize that even with the generous financial aid we're able to offer, it's burdensome to many families."
With an average classroom size of 15 and an 8-to-1 student-faculty ratio, he added, "that kind of person-intensive education is expensive because you're paying for people."
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The college remains steadfast in its commitment to the liberal arts, Laipson said.
"The conversation is partly about how we make the case for the liberal arts," he said.

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