Mission and Values
Preparing graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations.
An Alma College education seeks to instill a love of learning and celebrate the joy of discovery. Each Alma student will experience a deeply interdisciplinary education that provides opportunity for self-reflection, hands-on learning, and personal and professional development. It will embrace the principle of local, national and global learning communities, celebrate diverse identities, build upon strong mentoring relationships, and integrate rapidly changing technology essential for current and future career paths.
- 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.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion — We are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. Alma College strives to cultivate a sense of belonging among students, faculty, and staff as they pursue learning together by recognizing and removing barriers to success as well as offering equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy.