Educational Program Goals

Complementing the College’s mission and values are seven educational program goals that Wilmington College endeavors to instill in each student’s academic experience.

  • Independence and Interdependence of Thought. Students should value and develop both independence and interdependence of thought. Independence should be fostered by encouraging students to examine the consistency of their beliefs and positions so they become self-directed and self-disciplined individuals both in the classroom and in their daily lives. Interdependence should be encouraged through the students’ accountability to their own ideas, beliefs and experiences; the academic disciplines; and the community of learners.
  • Improvement of Communication and Critical Thinking Skills. Instruction at Wilmington College should enable students to develop their competencies in the following areas: writing, oral communication, reading, mathematics, computer applications, critical thinking and library research skills.
  • Breadth of Knowledge. Students should be able to understand the origins, evolution and contemporary developments that account for the world today. Toward this end, students become familiar with the basic areas of human thought, aesthetic and creative expression, and the academic disciplines by which people search for truth, understanding and well being.
  • Global Awareness. Students will realize the "interconnectiveness" of the natural environment and social order; will perceive the value of a peaceful and equitable resolution of human conflict; and will appreciate both the diverse cultural heritage of world civilizations and the commonalities of the human condition.
  • Depth of Knowledge. Students will master at least one academic discipline, including a thorough understanding of its theory, practice, strength and limitations.
  • Community Service and Career Development. Students are encouraged to perform voluntary service to the community, both during their college lives and afterwards.
  • Respect for Self and Others. Drawing on the tradition of Quakerism, students will consider the moral and ethical dimensions of decisions at the personal, community and world levels. They should develop an outlook that respects others, rather than hurting or exploiting them. This outlook should also embrace a commitment to social justice, environmental preservation and a nondiscriminatory allocation of resources.