Elizabethtown College. (2003). Academic program: Educational philosophy and institutional values of the College. Elizabethtown, PA: Author.
Elizabethtown College is a community of learners committed to independent thought and personal integrity as the foundations of a life of learning. Our mission is to nurture sound intellectual judgment, keen moral sensitivity, and an appreciation for beauty in the world. High standards of leadership and scholarship are the foundations of our distinctive blend of the liberal arts and professional studies. In keeping with the heritage of the Church of the Brethren, a historic peace church like the Quakers and Mennonites, the College affirms the values of peace, non-violence, human dignity, and social justice and seeks to make those values manifest in the global community. “Educate for Service” expresses our belief that the pursuit of knowledge is most noble when used to benefit others.
Elizabethtown College fulfills its educational mission by:
Š Creating an environment that encourages the spirit of free inquiry, stimulates
intellectual curiosity, and cultivates academic achievement.
Š Developing the skills for critical analysis and effective communication.
• Designing programs that foster maturity, leadership, and responsible citizenship.
Š Providing campus-wide support services necessary for the development of mind, body, and spirit.
Š Serving as a learning, resource, and cultural center for society at large.
Š Striving to attain a diverse academic community.
Š Promoting cultural pluralism and international understanding in a collegial
The institutional goals for the academic program at Elizabethtown College, in outline, reflect this general statement of educational philosophy:
1. A threefold purpose in the education of students:
a. A general education (core) requirement, developing analytical and relational process of thought, clear and coherent means of self-expression, and a growing understanding of self and environment through distributional and integrative requirements in the liberal arts.
b. A specific education requirement or major, preparing the student for advanced studies and/or career opportunities by adding the different experience of specialized in-depth knowledge to the breadth of the general educational requirements.
c. A body of electives ensuring flexibility in each student’s program that best suits individual needs and interests, whether in general or major areas of study.
2. Response to contemporary needs for greater international understanding, by providing general education in intercultural studies and languages.
3. Provision of support in both general education and major programs for cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary education.
4. For major disciplines of study, inclusion of opportunities in most of the liberal arts traditions of sciences, fine arts, humanities, and social sciences, and in the professional areas; while maintaining balance between professional and liberal arts program of study for majors.
5. Provision for adult educational opportunities in a variety of traditional and non-traditional modes, largely integrated with the regular educational program and faculty.
6. Fostering an environment supportive of faculty research and professional development.
7. Supporting as a part of its regular educational program quality experiential learning programs such as clinical experiences, supervised internships, field study and other off-campus courses, and similar activities.
8. Continuing to support or to develop as appropriate, strong cooperative programs with other institutions of higher learning.
(Elizabethtown College. (2003). Academic program: Educational philosophy and institutional values of the College. Elizabethtown, PA: Author.)