Vision for Student Learning
Approved by the Hendrix Faculty in May 2016 and by the Hendrix Board of Trustees in October 2016.
Hendrix College students develop a breadth of knowledge across the liberal arts and sciences that gives them the potential to explore the present and flexibly meet the demands of their futures. Through this breadth of study, we, the college community, encourage students to enhance their understanding by making connections among different bodies of knowledge. Our students also engage more deeply in at least one area of study, establishing facility in their chosen discipline.
Students’ diverse course of study at Hendrix guides them in discerning and understanding core principles about complex issues. Our students rigorously investigate and research these underlying causes and connections, learn to synthesize evidence from multiple sources, and design ways to answer their questions. They acquire the skills to evaluate arguments and evidence critically and develop independent, nuanced, and thoughtful analyses. Using written, oral, experiential, visual, or other appropriate methods, students communicate their findings effectively and persuasively. Our students reflect on their studies and are prepared to engage with the world based on their inquiry and deliberation.
To facilitate this link between the classroom and the world, we introduce our students to active engagement with multiple communities. They gain an understanding of the past, present, and future needs of the earth and of humanity, and of the challenges of our interdependence. From this foundation, our students consider ethical conundrums from conflicting perspectives. Through a commitment to diversity and inclusion, we work to foster an awareness of different cultures and empathy for the people who confront the diverse challenges and needs of our shared communities in order to inspire our students to lead lives of service. Our students bring their experiences in the wider community back to the classroom to enhance their course of study, building on what they have learned.
In order to meaningfully participate in multiple communities, our students must understand themselves and their relation to the world around them. To that end, the Hendrix community guides them in examining their abilities and strengths. We help them recognize how their skills can work for them and for the good of others, both now and in the future. We provide tools and opportunities to prepare our students for their prospective professional lives, and we strive to inspire them to lead lives of accomplishment as both leaders and team members. We share in the joy of their development as whole persons: independent, responsible, and attentive to their own mental and physical well-being. We nurture our students’ life-long love of learning, both about themselves and about the world, as curious, creative, and active participants in life and in their communities.