Our institutional purpose
Why we exist and what we seek to accomplish
The College of Wooster prepares students to become leaders of character and influence in an interdependent global community. We are a community of independent minds, working together to engage motivated students in a rigorous and dynamic liberal education. Through the interplay of mentored inquiry in the arts, natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences, Wooster graduates creative and independent thinkers with exceptional abilities to ask important questions, research complex issues, solve problems, and create and communicate new knowledge and insight.
Wooster’s Core Values:
The values that govern our shared pursuits
Ideas that we hold true
- Education in the Liberal Arts Tradition: We believe that the most valuable approach to undergraduate education engages each student in a course of study that develops independent judgment, creativity, breadth, depth, and integration of knowledge, and intellectual skills in the tradition of liberal education tuned for the contemporary era.
- A Focus on Research and Collaboration: At Wooster, faculty and students are co-learners, collaborating in liberal inquiry. Our faculty’s commitment to excellence in teaching is nationally recognized for enabling students to realize their full potential as an engaged scholars. We embrace unique pedagogical principles at Wooster: that research and teaching are integrated forms of inquiry, and that faculty and students share a common purpose in their pursuits of knowledge, insight, and creative expression.
- A Community of Learners: Wooster is a residential liberal arts college. As such, we believe the learning process unfolds on our campus and beyond, in conversations in classrooms and residence halls, libraries and studios, laboratories and on playing fields, and through the relationships that develop between and among students, faculty and staff and which endure long after graduation. We recognize that the very process of living together educates, and that much of the learning that is part of our mission takes place in music, theater, dance, athletics, community involvement, and in the myriad student organizations that infuse vitality in campus life.
- Independence of Thought: We take seriously the motto that we are a community of independent minds, working together. We place the highest value on collegiality, collaboration, openness to persons and ideas in all of their variety, and the free exchange of different points of view. We vigorously champion academic freedom, and seek to sustain a campus culture where the understanding of each is made more complete through an on-going process of dialogue with others who think differently.
- Social and Intellectual Responsibility: As a community of learners, we hold ourselves to high standards of sound evidence, careful reasoning, proper attribution, and intellectual and personal integrity in all activities of teaching, learning, research, and governance. We recognize the privilege of being able, collectively, to pursue the mission of the College, and therefore we seek to extend the benefits of learning beyond the campus and beyond ourselves, endeavoring to analyze problems, create solutions, exercise civic and intellectual leadership, and contribute to the welfare of humanity and the environment. These values are grounded in Wooster’s heritage as a college founded by Presbyterians.
- Diversity and Inclusivity: Wooster actively seeks students, faculty, and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds, starting places, experiences, and beliefs. We believe that achieving our educational purpose is only possible in a community of learners that includes members who bring a diversity of identities and beliefs to our common purpose, which reflects the diversity of voices as varied as those our students will engage upon graduation, and which emphasizes openness and acceptance of the rich differences that characterize humanity.
Our collective endeavor is to prosper as a distinguished liberal arts college, to thrive as a vigorous intellectual community, and to enjoy a reputation that reflects our achievements. We seek to be leaders in liberal learning, building on our tradition of graduating independent thinkers who are well prepared to seek solutions to significant problems, to create and communicate new knowledge and insight, and to make significant contributions to our complex and interdependent world.