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Trinity Washington University | Mission and Goals

Statement of Mission

Trinity is a comprehensive institution offering a broad range of educational programs that prepare students across the lifespan for the intellectual, ethical and spiritual dimensions of contemporary work, civic and family life. Trinity’s core mission values and characteristics emphasize:

Commitment to the Education of Women in a particular way through the design and pedagogy of the historic undergraduate women’s college, and by advancing principles of equity, justice and honor in the education of women and men in all other programs;

Foundation for Learning in the Liberal Arts through the curriculum design in all undergraduate degree programs and through emphasis on the knowledge, skills and values of liberal learning in all graduate and professional programs;

Integration of Liberal Learning with Professional Preparation through applied and experiential learning opportunities in all programs;

Grounding in the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Catholic tradition, welcoming persons of all faiths, in order to achieve the larger purposes of learning in the human search for meaning and fulfillment.

Adopted May, 2000

Strategic Plan

Envision Trinity 2020 is Trinity’s current Strategic Plan.

Educational Goals

Arising from the Statement of Mission and Strategic Plan, Trinity’s overall educational goals are:

Trinity Washington University Educational Goals

Consistent with Trinity’s Statement of Mission, the university’s educational goals for all programs are:

  • To prepare students intellectually, ethically, and spiritually for work, civic, and family life by infusing the curriculum with the knowledge, skills, and values that characterize liberal learning (links Mission Statement to Liberal Arts Competencies in Gen Ed and Programs)
  • To prepare students intellectually, ethically, and spiritually for work, civic, and family life by infusing the curriculum with principles of equity, justice, and honor (links Mission Statement to Ethics Goals in Gen Ed and Programs)
  • To prepare students intellectually, ethically, and spiritually for work, civic, and family life by emphasizing integration of liberal learning with professional preparation (links Mission Statement to Applications goals in Gen Ed and Programs)

General Education goals in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Professional Studies build on the university-wide education goals:

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Expected Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Students in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Professional Studies

  • Foundational Skills (First-Year Experience Goals)
    • GOAL 1: Students will develop their abilities to read, understand, and analyze texts
    • GOAL 2: Students will develop their abilities to communicate effectively in speech and writing
    • GOAL 3: Students will develop their abilities to understand and use quantitative reasoning to solve problems
    • GOAL 4: Students will develop their abilities to locate, evaluate, and synthesize information in the construction of knowledge
  • Knowledge and Inquiry (General Education Goals)
    • GOAL 5: Student will begin to explore and connect fields of knowledge in the liberal arts
    • GOAL 6: Students will begin to apply diverse modes of inquiry to the study of human societies and the natural world
  • Values & Beliefs (General Education Goals)
    • GOAL 7: Students will develop facility for moral reasoning and examine the moral and religious dimensions of human experience
  • Applications: Turning knowledge into action (Capstone Level Goals)
    • GOAL 8: Students will develop capacities for responsible citizenship and leadership in diverse communities

Goals for individual academic programs also align with the mission and university-wide education goals.  For more information consult the individual school and program web pages.


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