FACULTY SENATE


Senate Document Number    0309F


Date of Senate Approval      05/07/09


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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:



UNC Asheville students, within a diverse and inclusive community, experience liberal arts education at its best.



UNC Asheville is distinctive in the UNC system as its designated liberal arts university.  Our practice of the liberal arts emphasizes the centrality of learning and discovery through exemplary teaching, innovative scholarship, creative expression, co-curricular activities, and engaged service.  Small by choice, and primarily undergraduate, UNC Asheville delivers a liberal arts education characterized by high quality student-faculty interaction.  Liberal arts education was once available only to a few.  We offer this challenging educational experience to all promising students who are committed to liberal learning and personal growth. 


Our educational approach emphasizes life skills including critical thinking, clear and thoughtful expression, and honest and open inquiry.  Students undertake concentrated study in one area while simultaneously developing an understanding of the connections among disciplines.  We encourage students to clarify, develop, and live their own values while respecting the views and beliefs of others.  In addition, we cultivate an understanding of the dimensions of human diversity while recognizing the common humanity of all.  Taken together, these skills and attributes enable our graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead successful, flourishing lives as leaders and contributors to their communities.


At UNC Asheville, we respond to the conditions and concerns of the contemporary world both as individuals and as a university.  We incorporate economic, social, and environmental sustainability into our institutional practices and curriculum. Through a range of associated centers and initiatives, we fulfill our public responsibility to address the needs of the community through the liberal arts. We develop a commitment to continuing service characterized by an informed, responsible, and creative engagement with the Asheville area, the southern Appalachian region, the state of North Carolina, and a diverse and increasingly connected world.