“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”—John Dewey
Dear faculty, staff, students, and friends,
Like 20th-century philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey, we in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences know that education touches, shapes, enhances, engages, and informs all aspects of our lives.
It has been 150 years since President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act which created the land-grant university. In those years, West Virginia University has committed its resources to the advancement of the people of the state and, in doing so, has contributed its best and brightest minds in service to the region, nation, and the world.
Today our influence reaches farther than ever before. The mission of the land-grant is changing and so is the role of the public university in American life. Those changes impact the College of Arts and Sciences. It is our duty not just to react, but to proactively lead the discussion and the change. For that reason, we have undertaken an ambitious strategic planning process, not only to address challenges and needed changes, but to truly shape and guide our future.
In executing our plan, we will abide by the following principles which cut across all units and programs in the College: inclusive excellence, global perspective, and social relevance.
The diversity of our faculty, students, and staff must be increased, and will require deliberate, proactive efforts. World view must be infused throughout our enterprise. Our programs must aim, ultimately, at improving the human condition to create a peaceful, healthy world society that practices sustainable use of the Earth’s resources.
Building this capacity will require the marshaling or our resources and the support of alumni, friends, government, and corporate partners. Join us as we tackle the tough challenges and embrace the tremendous opportunities ahead for our College and for the public land-grant university.