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Fischer Institute

The Fischer Institute of Nichols College is home to the Cultural Enrichment Program. The Fischer Institute gives opportunities outside the classroom for students to think critically through exposure to worldwide contemporary issues and ideas across disciplines and cultures. During the academic year, Fischer-sponsored events are promoted through social media, by faculty endorsement, and on print and electronic media.

Cultural Enrichment Program (CEP)

The Cultural Enrichment Program is a degree requirement filled by participating in the Fischer Institute offerings to expose students to a rich variety of shared experiences outside the classroom.

Required: 16 Cultural Credits

•   Over four years, full-time day students earn one “cultural credit” for participating in each Fischer-designated offering to fulfill their graduation requirement of 16 total

•   Transfer students fulfill a required total that is determined by the number of their full-time (day) semesters at Nichols, 2 per semester

•   Through the Program Evaluation on WebAdvisor in the myNichols portal, students and their Academic Advisors may access the total number of cultural credits needed and the total number attended

CEP Policy and Administration:

•   Students bear individual responsibility to gain the required number of cultural credits to graduate

•   To stay on track for graduation, students participate in a suggested minimum of two offerings per semester/four per academic year

•   The Fischer Institute manages participation and attendance records for all Fischer-sponsored offerings

•   The Fischer Institute promotes all qualifying events and offerings through electronic, print, and social media throughout the academic year

•   Off campus residents, students with work responsibilities, and student-athletes take advantage of the varied schedule of Fischer offerings for good planning

•   Students are responsible to turn in their own attendance form

•   There are no make-up or alternate assignments

Cultural Credits (“Culturals”)

Each semester, Nichols College students complete two “cultural credits” by attending dedicated programs. Examples of designated programs: all Fischer signature programs; Fischer-sponsored programs; student organization/Fischer collaborative programs; faculty/Fischer collaborative programs; away-experiences upon request (study abroad semester and faculty-led travel experiences, Nichols-sponsored short term travel).

Fischer Institute Signature Programs

LEAD 101 Young Leaders Series  In the first year, Nichols students take Learning to Lead, LEAD 101. The Fischer Institute provides an outside speaker event that enhances course content. LEAD 101 students in the fall or spring semesters are inspired by leaders from around the country who have been identified as true leaders and social change makers.

Fischer Film Festival  Understanding that culture is powerfully transferred through film, the Fischer Institute collaborates with faculty, clubs, students organizations, and the rising senior class to choose a set of films around important themes. These films are screened during the academic year.

Fischer Fishbowls  To open or continue the community-wide conversation on controversial issues, the Fischer Institute teams up with faculty and students to bring this moderated, well-attended event each semester. The hallmark of this program is its cross-disciplinary nature; faculty from various disciplines tackle difficult topics from the perspective of their expertise, producing a well-rounded, multifaceted look at hot topics.

International Speaker Series  The Fischer Institute collaborates with internationally connected business faculty to bring internationally known speakers to campus each year. Topics have ranged from leadership in business, to creativity in business, to finding a place in the ever-shrinking global community.