Linfield College advances a vision of learning, life, and community that
Linfield: Connecting Learning, Life, and Community
Linfield College is a four-year, non-profit, coeducational, liberal arts institution historically and currently affiliated with the American Baptist Churches. All college operations are governed by administration and faculty, with ultimate responsibility resting with the Board of Trustees. The college is committed to the teaching of undergraduates in an atmosphere of academic freedom that offers intellectual rigor, creativity, and a sense of personal and social responsibility.
Linfield College seeks to prepare students to be thoughtfully engaged in a world that demands ever more flexible, creative, and critical thinkers and communicators. Toward that end, its educational mission centers upon developing students’ abilities to solve problems, adapt to changing circumstances, and synthesize various streams of information.
Linfield offers a curriculum in which educational breadth and intellectual depth combine to deliver an undergraduate education in a variety of disciplines. Three Principles, all derived from the college mission statement, distinguish a Linfield education. They operate across, in support of, and in conjunction with, academic majors and serve to strengthen them. And though they are not intended as the sole lens through which academic departments or administrative units are evaluated, these Principles do inform all programs of study at the college and underscore linkages among them.
These three Foundational Education Principles foster critical thinking suited for the complexities of the 21st century. They encourage intersections among the wide-ranging curricular and co-curricular opportunities available to Linfield students. They clarify the goals of a Linfield education as the cultivation of good citizens, the encouragement of lifelong learning, and the formation of intellectual and aesthetic sensibilities. A Linfield education thus assists students in finding their calling—the vocation or passion that will shape and enrich their lives.
In seeking to further the reach and impact of these Principles, the college encourages innovation across all sectors of the community through the development of proposals of varying scope that speak to Linfield’s institutional mission. All proposals in support of these Principles should foster the following strategic aims:
Linfield will offer an educational program characterized by extensive and intentional integrated learning. Through opportunities embedded at key points in the curriculum, students systematically discover and practice making meaningful connections across the various components of their undergraduate experience.
To foster integrated learning the community will propose, develop and assess the impact of efforts that attempt one or more of the following:
Linfield will offer a comprehensive approach to global and multicultural awareness that prepares students to embrace and understand the challenges posed for educated people in the 21st century by the web of cultural differences characterizing the planet, the nation, and the region. Such awareness helps students answer the question “How will my time at Linfield enable me to make a difference in the world?” Toward that end, Linfield will foster conversations to develop a workable definition of “diversity” that is relevant to and useful for the college.
To enhance global and multicultural awareness the college community will propose, develop and assess the impact of efforts that attempt one or more of the following:
Linfield will offer a comprehensive program of experiential learning. In this way the college fosters critical thinking opportunities where students apply academic investigation to lived experience as a means of testing and refining their understanding of a subject. Through this intersection of theory and praxis, investigations of issues and ideas prompt field analysis and assessment that continues to inform the initiating academic discourse.
To bolster experiential learning the college community will propose, develop and assess the impact of efforts that attempt one or more of the following:
Delivering and maximizing the impact of a Linfield liberal arts education requires comprehensive coordination of people, funding and physical infrastructure. The viability of the institution in the 21st century requires an improved resource base in all three sectors to achieve its potential in the service of students.
Fostering the Foundational Education Principles of a Linfield liberal arts education will result in a wide range of activities that will collectively ensure a vibrant academic and experiential climate for undergraduates. Their realization will require that the college steward, expand, and manage its human, financial, and physical resources to the benefit of all sectors serving the educational mission of the institution.
In seeking to further the reach and impact of these Principles, the college encourages proposals that foster the following strategic aims:
Many initiatives adopted in support of the Foundational Education Principles will have implications for the working lives of Linfield’s faculty and staff. Improving the educational accomplishments of the institution—a goal informing all current and future endeavors—rests squarely upon the proven quality and commitment of the people who deliver the institutional mission. Sustaining the vitality of the college’s “human capital” necessitates initiatives that will foster the effective recruitment, retention, and professional development of all Linfield employees.
To help develop our human resource base the college community will propose, develop, and assess the impact of efforts that attempt one or more of the following:
Expanded enactment of the Foundational Education Principles necessitates broadening and diversifying the college’s financial base. The gradual and sustained transformation of that base will provide a stable haven for present and future student learning. To strengthen our financial base the college community will propose, develop, and assess the impact of efforts that attempt one or more of the following:
The quality of the spaces in which faculty and staff engage students has a demonstrable effect on the learning that results. By stewarding and improving our physical assets, we make a long term investment in the educational mission of the institution. To help steward our physical assets the college community will propose, develop, and assess the impact of efforts that attempt one or more of the following: