The mission and core values of Alma College emerge from the spirit of the founding motto: “to the glory of God and the dignity of all.” Founded in 1886 by the Presbyterian Synod of Michigan, Alma College was dedicated to the pursuit of learning that reflected the Judeo-Christian heritage of its founders joined with the continually relevant aims of the liberal arts. This dedication to uncommon achievement is as evident today as it has been throughout the College’s history.
THE ALMA COLLEGE MISSION
Alma College’s mission is to prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully, and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations.
THE CORE VALUES
Student-centered Education in a Residential Setting All members of the community, faculty, staff and trustees, are committed to creating an institution of quality centered on the growth and development of each individual undergraduate student. The purpose of the residential college experience is to better prepare students to enter into lives in community, vocation, family, and faith.
Disciplinary Expertise within an Interdisciplinary Context of Learning The Alma Experience allows students to apply intellectual rigor in exploring a range of disciplines, building a broad foundation in the sciences, humanities, fine and performing arts, and social sciences. This liberal arts education also prepares students to pursue advanced work, independent research, and creative performances with the depth of understanding to excel in one’s discipline and to perceive the connections among disciplines. The practical knowledge and skills of the liberal arts prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership within a wide array of vocations.
Engaged Learning Education takes place everywhere and all the time. Thus, Alma intentionally creates opportunities that extend learning into the community and wider world. Students actively participate in learning through research-based undergraduate scholarship and experiential, international, and service learning opportunities. This prepares graduates to practice engaged citizenship, service-driven leadership, and committed stewardship
Ethical Integrity, Aesthetic Appreciation, Spiritual Sensitivity With knowledge comes obligation. To live a complete life that withstands the scrutiny of self and others, individuals must exhibit personal integrity, respect for the value of all humanity, and sensitivity to the spiritual and material beauty of one’s existence. We expect these principles to be modeled in the educational programs, work, and daily interactions of all members of the College community and for graduates to practice them in their lives beyond Alma.
— Alma College Strategic Plan (Jan. 19, 2003)