The Marlboro Record

Faculty Defines Educational Ideals

In November, the faculty endorsed a set of educational ideals they expect students to commit themselves to during their time at Marlboro College. These Ideals provide a clear statement about what it means to participate actively within Marlboro’s model of independent learning and community responsibility, providing students, faculty, and staff a shared set of principles that ground their work together. 

“The ideals bring together substantial academic expectations with broader concerns for citizenship and maintaining a balance between work and life,” said Richard Glezjer, dean of faculty. “They articulate what we mean by self-directed learning, challenging students to work independently and responsibly in close collaboration with faculty and staff.”

Some of the ideals are familiar, constituting the core of Marlboro’s academic model since its founding, but others help to emphasize additional skills that are also important in the college’s educational mission. The ideals as they are listed, in no hierarchical order, are: Independent and Responsible Learning; Clarity in Communication; Imagination and Participation in Inquiry and Research; Thoughtful and Fair Analysis; Grit; Cultural Perspective; Citizenship; Health in Life and Work; and Ethical Courage.

While several of these ideals are embodied in academic skills that faculty cover in class—such as ‘Clarity in Communication,’ most commonly writing—others emerge from the structures and practices of Marlboro as an intentional academic community. For example, Cultural Perspective, Citizenship, Health in Life and Work, and Ethical Courage have as much to do with student life, community involvement, and participation in Town Meeting and committee work, as they do with academics. The relative weight of each of these ideals, in practice, will be different for each student and for different stages in their Marlboro experience.

“The ideals cut across all areas of Marlboro’s curriculum: they are shared by students working in the arts, the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences,” said Richard. “Regardless of their field of study, the ideals engage students to consider how their academic work informs and is informed by their life outside the classroom, how their active citizenship in the shared governance of the college binds with their responsibility as active and independent learners.”

See a full details on the Educational Ideals.