We envision Emory University as a leader in the 21st century liberal arts research university. Current challenges facing higher education highlight the need for increasingly flexible and permeable structures that facilitate innovative learning through both teaching and research. Across disciplines and units, the shared values underlying the creation and dissemination of knowledge that embrace a liberal education include

  • Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world
  • Intellectual and practical skills, including critical and creative thinking, quantitative literacy, inquiry and analysis and collaborative problem-solving
  • Learning that encourages the application of knowledge to complex problems
  • Personal and social responsibility, including civic engagement and ethical reasoning and action

To achieve this vision, the Commission on the Liberal Arts (CoLA) will engage in dynamic, transformative conversations with faculty, students, staff and administrators. The aim of these conversations is to define and sharpen our goals and provide guidelines that will invigorate our teaching and our research, positioning Emory structurally and intellectually among the best residential liberal arts research universities.