Historically, Colgate has had a leading residential education program. In 2003, the university adopted A New Vision for Residential Education
and embraced several innovative programs: a first-year experience that highlighted a smooth academic transition to college; a sophomore experience that emphasized civic engagement, cultural appreciation, and outdoor education; and a Broad Street Community Program that aligned the junior- and senior-year experience more closely to the goals of community building and citizenship.
While we have accomplished much in the intervening years, the Living the Liberal Arts strategic planning working group was convened to reevaluate these programs and to consider other ways in which we connect living and classroom learning more closely together.
In the first phase of planning, we identified principles that guide the out-of-class experience: intellectualism, personal development and wellness, civic engagement, access and inclusion, social responsibility, and a lifelong connection to Colgate. FULL REPORT (COLGATE E-MAIL LOGIN REQUIRED)
Original Charge to the Committee
A residential liberal arts education is the hallmark of the Colgate experience, where meaningful connections between classroom and communal living further intellectual curiosity, personal growth, and professional exploration. Six principles amplify how we aim to live the liberal arts:
- Intellectual development
- Citizenship, leadership, and service
- Diversity, access, and inclusion
- Personal growth, health, and wellness
- Personal accountability
- Lifelong connections
This working group was tasked with reevaluating current programs and considering new ways to build an enriching intellectual community within the context of these framing principles. This group further examined the questions.
Questions for consideration by the working group
- Intellectual development. What residential living-learning programs can provide intellectual community? How can specialized programs (e.g., Alumni Memorial Scholars, Benton Scholars) be enhanced for participants and utilized by the wider Colgate community?
- Citizenship, leadership, and service. How might civic engagement more directly enhance the intellectual climate? How might students explore a range of public service and public-interest career opportunities? What is the potential for enhanced coordination/connection between the COVE, the Upstate Institute, and curricular offerings?
- Diversity, access, and inclusion. How does a Colgate experience deepen one’s capacity for human understanding both inside and outside of the classroom? How do we bolster students’ exploration of cultures and perspectives as a means of enriching one’s life? How might residential arrangements further diversity and inclusion efforts?
- Personal growth, health, and wellness. How is one’s holistic development supported through experiential learning opportunities and residential living? What types of opportunities will further students’ artistic, spiritual, and recreational development? How does the campus community promote health, wellness, and low-risk behavior?
- Personal accountability. How do students embrace community standards and hold themselves and others accountable? How do we promote self-governance? How can the University Honor Code further expectations that students will hold each other accountable to the tenets of the Honor Code?
- Lifelong connections. What meaningful traditions and celebrations further students’ affinity for their residential community and, more broadly, Colgate? How do we promote opportunities for positive mentoring within and beyond Colgate’s campus? How do we get students to recognize and support athletics?