Mission & Values
It shall be the mission of Westminster College to educate and inspire all its students through a distinctive liberal arts curriculum and a dynamic developmental experience; to challenge them to be critically aware, life-long learners and leaders of character, committed to the values of integrity, fairness, respect and responsibility; and to prepare them for lives of success, significance and service.
Westminster College - Developing Leaders in a Global Community
Our comprehensive plan for offering every student a “dynamic developmental experience” can be found in the Concept for Student Development; likewise, a full discussion of our “distinctive liberal arts curriculum” can be found in New Foundations, which offers a full explanation of our general education program. The information on this page summarizes the key ideas of these two documents and offers an overview of our vision for the Westminster experience.
The Columns Concept
At Westminster College, we excel at developing young men and women to be leaders in a global community. This concise statement of our institutional identity, which we refer to as the Columns Concept, captures the transformation that takes place for students at Westminster College between the Columns - from freshman convocation to senior commencement. It is a deep, internal, and collective understanding of what we do best. The Columns Concept expresses succinctly what we stand for, our enduring sense of mission, vision, goals, and values, and it gives focus and direction to everything we do at Westminster College.
With the Columns Concept as our guidepost, the following vision and academic goals are set forth for Westminster College:
Vision for the Institution
Westminster College will have a national reputation for success in developing young men and women from all over the world to be leaders in a global community. The campus community will be truly integrated; characteristics that give each person a unique identity will become the basis for an enriching community life. Westminster College will have the resources it needs to fulfill this vision and thrive as a learning community in the future.
Vision for Institutional Programs
Westminster College will offer a high quality, innovative, integrated practical liberal education in the arts and science within the context of a diverse international campus community. While the focus will remain on residential undergraduate education, Westminster will extend its programmatic reach to serve a wider range of learners in ways that are consistent with the core mission and values. Educational and developmental programs will be engaging and fully integrated, so that curricular and co-curricular opportunities are seamless. Programs will allow for individualization in order to meet the diverse needs of our students and will be global in nature, emphasizing the significant interconnections that characterize the 21st Century world.
Vision for the Faculty and Staff
Westminster will continue to be known as a campus that cares. Our faculty and staff, regardless of their specific role at the College, will see themselves as educators in a fully integrated community committed to student success in all developmental domains. Faculty will be first class educators and scholars who have a global perspective and are able to connect their disciplinary expertise to the major interdisciplinary questions facing our graduates. Faculty will blend outstanding academic credentials with excellence in teaching and a focus on student development.
Vision for the Campus
The Westminster College campus will provide excellent facilities to fully support the mission. The campus buildings, grounds, athletic fields, and student housing, including fraternity housing areas, will reflect our pride in and love for the College as well as the excellence of our programs. The campus culture will bring to reality the vision of free and open thought and speech that nurtures educational excellence and promotes global understanding.
Vision for the Student Body
Westminster College will attract and retain high quality students nationally and internationally from a wide range of backgrounds who aspire to develop as leaders in a global community. International students will comprise approximately 15% of the student body, and the full time average yearly enrollment of undergraduate students will be at 1200. Students who matriculate at Westminster will be open and willing to pursue cross cultural experiences and seek opportunities for leadership in a wide range of settings.
Vision for the Alumni
Westminster graduates will be prepared to lead successful and fulfilling lives. Having achieved some measure of their success because of their Westminster experience, they will give back to future generations through personal involvement and financial support.
The enduring goal of a liberal arts education is the formation of well-rounded individuals whose breadth and depth of knowledge and diverse approaches to understanding prepare them for professional careers and a lifetime of learning and service. In this spirit, Westminster College provides programs that allow students to develop proficient and creative thinking in a field of study while also acquiring the following knowledge, skills and perspectives:
- Critical Thinking: development of sound analytical and synthetic reasoning skills and the ability to employ them in problem solving;
- Communication: ability to receive, interpret, organize, and transmit information, ideas, and emotions through a variety of verbal and nonverbal channels;
- Mathematical Skills: acquiring the conceptual, analytic, and quantitative skills and language to interpret results and derive logical and creative solutions to problems;
- Historical Perspective: awareness of our human heritage and of the power of historical methods for revealing patterns and meanings in national and international life;
- Human Behavior and Social Institutions: knowledge of the conditions that influence human behavior as well as their context in social and cultural institutions in which people act;
- Science: 1) understanding and application of scientific inquiry as a systematic way of learning within any discipline and 2) understanding of the natural world and the implications of scientific knowledge in the contemporary world;
- Information Technology: ability to employ computer and other information technologies in writing and in manipulation of data, and understanding the nature and limits of information technology;
- Cultures and Global Interdependence: understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures, languages, philosophies, and religions, along with the awareness of the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of the world and the implications for economic, political, social, and cultural systems;
- Fundamental Questions and Values: awareness of the role of values in decision making, of the search for meaning and identity, and of the ethical issues of society;
- Aesthetic Sensitivity: appreciation and understanding of literature and the fine arts.