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Goal 2: Strengthen intellectual vitality across all contexts of teaching and learning

Whitworth seeks to equip its students to be inquisitive, creative and discerning thinkers who address effectively the complex issues they face in the world. The university will cultivate an intellectually vital and inclusive campus culture in which faculty and students engage regularly in rigorous, open and civil discourse on challenging ideas.


  • Strengthen student-faculty interaction and the rich learning that occur within community and relationship, by achieving and maintaining a 13-to-1 student-faculty ratio.

  • Develop and progressively implement a vision for 21st-century teaching and learning that enhances academic rigor and educational outcomes.

  • Promote compelling opportunities for advanced collaborative learning, creative expression, in-depth research, cross-cultural engagement, leadership development, and other enriching learning activities to attract and retain high-achieving students.

  • Expand support for faculty scholarship to enrich teaching, to model intellectual engagement for students, and to elevate further Whitworth's academic profile.

  • Strengthen efforts to identify, mentor and support students who possess the potential and desire to apply for highly selective post-baccalaureate fellowships and/or graduate schools. Whitworth aims to triple the number of students who apply for academic fellowships, and to ensure that 90 percent of students pursuing graduate school are enrolled within a year of graduating from Whitworth.

  • Enhance the competitiveness, profile and quality of selected academic programs by achieving specialized accreditation.

  • Sustain and enhance intercollegiate athletics as a nationally recognized NCAA Division III program committed to academic and competitive excellence.

Goal 2: Key Performance Indicators

Brayden HollisSpotlight: Brayden Hollis, '13

Brayden Hollis, '13, is one of 100 students in the U.S. to receive a 2011 NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Scholarship, which provides $10,000 for tuition and fees and a paid 10-week summer internship at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Hollis, who is triple-majoring in computer science, math and physics, credits the mentoring he received from his advisor, Associate Professor of Computer Science Susan Mabry, for helping him land the NASA scholarship alongside students from Harvard, MIT, Stanford and other major research universities.

"Professor Mabry was the first one to push me to think about graduate school and has given me a lot of guidance and encouragement in pursuing my goals," Hollis says. Mabry says the NASA scholarship offers Hollis a great opportunity to explore his interests in computer security, artificial intelligence and robotics. "Brayden is a student who looks beyond grades or position," Mabry says. "He focuses on learning, on mastering material, and on seeking ways to employ that knowledge."