Identifying institutional goals
is essential to moving the college towards achieving its mission. Long-range
goals are believed to be the most important areas of institutional focus to
advance the mission and to help prioritize utilization of University resources.
We appreciate the time and effort of all who participated in crafting these
statements. Comments and suggestions submitted by college faculty members
Goal: To create distinctive environments for effective
teaching and learning by experimenting with and assessing methods and
contexts that help students develop independent motivation to conduct inquiry,
construct knowledge, develop sound judgment, and engage in self-reflection.
Rationale: The information age has radically altered the amount,
accessibility, and packaging of information, creating new roles for faculty and
staff in guiding and mentoring students. On a campus rich in possibilities for
networking across disciplines and professional fields, students will encounter
stimulating courses and experiences intentionally designed to enhance learning
and develop competence. Students will take more responsibility for their own
learning, will be able to collaborate more closely with faculty and each other,
and will learn how to become life-long learners.
Measures: Indicators of progress in reaching this goal could
address such things as