Mission, Vision, Learning Outcomes, and Values

Cottey College, an independent liberal arts college, educates women to be contributing members of a global society through a challenging curriculum and a dynamic campus experience.  In our diverse and supportive environment, women develop their potential for personal and professional lives of intellectual engagement and thoughtful action as learners, leaders, and citizens.

Vision

On even our near horizon, we see, emerging from among us, growing numbers of women of deepening character and competence. Ready for the demands of graduate studies or initiation into professional life, ready for the nuances of excellent participation and leadership, these-the students and graduates of Cottey College-inspire our vision for the future.

Student Learning Outcomes for Cottey College

A successful Cottey student…

  1. Recognizes the Roles of Women
    A Cottey student demonstrates understanding of women’s past, current, and developing contributions.
  2. Enriches Her Knowledge
    A Cottey student demonstrates understanding of ideas from a variety of academic disciplines.
  3. Thinks Critically
    A Cottey student explores issues before accepting arguments or forming conclusions of her own.
  4. Communicates Effectively
    A Cottey student uses appropriate means to communicate clearly.
  5. Solves Problems
    A Cottey student creates solutions, integrating and applying knowledge and skills across areas of study and experience.
  6. Respects Diversity
    A Cottey student is attentive to cultural contexts, compares and contrasts patterns, and respects differences.
  7. Collaborates Successfully
    A Cottey student respectfully engages others to foster a supportive environment, and contributes ideas and effort to advance the work of a group.
  8. Acts Responsibly
    A Cottey student is reflective and acts ethically as a personally and socially responsible member of global, national, and local communities.

Honor Code

The Honor Code of Cottey College defines and expresses the ethical spirit in which we, the members of the Cottey community, pursue the education of women. Recognizing that a community of learning cannot function well without respect for basic moral order, we also understand that the furthering of excellence requires still greater commitments. Thus, in addition to basic moral principles, we also affirm Virginia Alice Cottey's emphasis on the development of excellent personal character, and the more specific ethical standards of the professional associations that oversee the conduct and quality of higher education. We, the members of the Cottey College community, commit ourselves to act with:

  1. Personal responsibility.
  2. Academic honesty and integrity of word.
  3. Moral respect for persons and their property.
  4. Ethical concern for the good of the College community and the broader society of humankind.

Embracing these ideals, we aim for the ongoing fulfillment of the mission of this college as a center of higher, humane learning.


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