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Goal 5: Elevate a liberal arts education as essential and relevant to all majors and careers

Whitworth is committed to providing an education, grounded in the liberal arts, that empowers individuals for lifelong learning, professional development, and meaningful citizenship and service. Whitworth will deepen its connections to the liberal arts across the curriculum, equipping students to think critically, reason coherently, and communicate clearly.

Objectives:

  • Strengthen the integration of the liberal arts across Whitworth's curriculum through measures including establishing a $1 million endowment to support interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship.

  • Expand experiential learning opportunities for students to serve the community, participate in off-campus initiatives, and apply their educational skills in workplace settings.

  • Support interdisciplinary scholarship and programs that equip students and faculty to connect ideas across multiple disciplines, to expand boundaries of knowledge, and to address complex contemporary problems.

  • Establish a comprehensive program to assist students with career planning and preparation, graduate-school and career placement, and ongoing professional development.

Goal 5: Key Perfomance Indicators

Thayer WildSpotlight: Thayer Wild, '08

Thayer Wild, '08, double-majored in art and chemistry at Whitworth. He is now applying his liberal arts education and cross-disciplinary experience to a rigorous master's program in architecture at the University of Washington. "Whitworth allowed me to develop the concrete, analytical side of my mind, as well as the creative, subjective side, and to explore the connections between them," Wild says. "I think that everyone can benefit from a liberal arts education, where students have time to explore different fields before determining their ultimate vocations."

Associate Professor of Art Scott Kolbo says Wild's commitment to engage multiple disciplines with intellectual rigor has contributed to his success. "I am not at all surprised that Thayer has found his way into a prestigious architecture program at the University of Washington," Kolbo says, "where he will integrate art, design and science to shape the built environment of our world."

 



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