Learn Outside the Classroom
The Ashland University Mission Statement sets forth our collective promise and commitment as a university in educating our students.
Ashland University educates and challenges students to develop intellectually and ethically, to seek wisdom and justice and to prepare for the rigors of living and working as citizens engaged in their local, national and global responsibilities.
Student Learning Outcomes
Intellectual Development and Wisdom
Intellectual development comprises all of the information and knowledge that our students obtain in their courses, programs of study and extracurricular activities. Students will improve their critical thinking skills, their ability to analyze information and solve problems and their skills necessary to collect, organize and express their thoughts through speech and writing. Wisdom, as evidenced by insight, discernment and good judgment, comes from experience and experiential learning beyond the mere accumulation of information and knowledge.
Ethical Behavior and Justice
As our students develop ethically, they acquire an understanding of what is right and moral, and learn how to put into action both the general and specific principles, values and codes that may serve to guide and influence their conduct in life and work. Development of ethical values will enable students to live their lives in such a way that they will seek justice and behave honorably and fairly to others.
Preparation for Living and Working as Citizens
It is essential that we prepare our students to live as productive citizens willing and able to contribute to society, whether through paid employment or volunteer service. The competencies required for success in a job, trade, vocation or employment include the specialized knowledge required for individual professions as well as the ability to be a lifelong learner and adapt to change.
Awareness of global responsibilities comes from understanding our role in what is increasingly a global economy. Whether by traveling to other countries or by experiencing the diverse cultures and peoples within our own borders, competence in fulfilling these global responsibilities comes as our students are exposed to other cultures through personal interactions as well as through formal study.