Lessons Learned About Inclusion While Starting a New College

  • Michelle Jones Wayfinding Academy
Keywords: Alternative College, Innovative, New College, Startup College


Starting a college from scratch presents a unique opportunity to think about how to build an inclusive learning environment from the beginning by selecting people and strategies that do not carry the weight of the traditional academic model and its prejudices and assumptions about who belongs and who does not. This article documents the lessons learned in the first two years of a new college and presents some next steps.

Author Biography

Michelle Jones, Wayfinding Academy

Founder, President, and Chief Academic Officer