As this is my first post, I think it is only fitting to discuss university mission statements (as these mission statements essentially describe my mission towards academia). I have picked out two university mission statements that really stand out to me in a way that I can deeply connect with.
Washington & Lee University
“Washington and Lee University provides a liberal arts education that develops students’ capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will be prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.”
Washington & Lee University is a private liberal arts university in Virginia, USA. The part of this mission statement that stood out to me the most was developing “students’ capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely”. I believe critical thinking is one of the most important skills a student, scientist, professional, etc. can have. The added bonus of thinking freely and humanely makes this mission all the better!
“Cornell is a private, Ivy League university and the land-grant university for New York state. Cornell’s mission is to discover, preserve and disseminate knowledge, to educate the next generation of global citizens, and to promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the Cornell community. Cornell also aims, through public service, to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of New York and others around the world.”
Cornell University is a private research university located in New York, USA. This mission stands out to me mainly because of its focus on knowledge and the good research and knowledge can bring to the world. This is important to me as an educator because it really emphasizes the importance of the pursuit of knowledge.