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Educated to Lead. Inspired to Achieve.

Mission and Values


It shall be the mission of Westminster College to educate and inspire all its students through a distinctive liberal arts curriculum and a dynamic developmental experience; to challenge them to be critically aware, life-long learners and leaders of character, committed to the values of integrity, fairness, respect and responsibility; and to prepare them for lives of success, significance and service.

Developing Leaders in a Global Community

Our comprehensive plan for offering every student a "dynamic developmental experience" can be found in the Concept for Student Development; likewise, a full discussion of our "distinctive liberal arts curriculum" can be found in New Foundations, which offers a full explanation of our general education program. The information on this page summarizes the key ideas of these two documents and offers an overview of our vision for the Westminster experience.

The Columns Concept

At Westminster College, we excel at developing young men and women to be leaders in a global community. This concise statement of our institutional identity, which we refer to as the Columns Concept, captures the transformation that takes place for students at Westminster College between the Columns - from freshman convocation to senior commencement. It is a deep, internal, and collective understanding of what we do best. The Columns Concept expresses succinctly what we stand for, our enduring sense of mission, vision, goals, and values, and it gives focus and direction to everything we do at Westminster College.

With the Columns Concept as our guidepost, the following vision and academic goals are set forth for Westminster College:

Strategic Vision

Vision for the Institution

Westminster College will retain and enhance its reputation as a premier liberal arts college. We will continue to grow and thrive. Distinguished by the accomplishments of our graduates and our association with world leaders, the College will serve as an intellectual and cultural resource for our students, the local community, and the region. Through this enhancement Westminster College will join the ranks of the top 100 baccalaureate colleges - Arts & Sciences, as reported by U.S.News & World Report.

Vision for Institutional Programs
Westminster College will offer a high quality, innovative, liberal arts curriculum that is fully integrated with a holistic student development program, so that graduates will develop the intellectual, ethical, professional, and social foundation for leadership and service in a global community. Academic and student life programs will be meaningful and engaging, providing appropriate challenge and support so that all students reach their full potential.

Vision for the Faculty and Staff
Westminster will be known as a campus that cares. Our faculty and staff will be dedicated to the success of our students and committed to student welfare and growth in all developmental domains. Faculty will be first class educators and scholars, who blend outstanding academic credentials with excellence in teaching and a focus on the welfare of our students. Classes will be small, dynamic, and student centered and will emphasize human interaction, intellectual growth, and character development. Through their excellence, dedication, involvement with the students, and their own personal example, the faculty and staff will play a crucial part in providing the atmosphere for growth and development only possible in a small, private college.

Vision for the Campus
The Westminster College campus will provide excellent facilities to support our high quality educational and personal development experience. Student living areas and academic buildings will be clean, well maintained, and connected to technology. The campus grounds, athletic fields, and fraternity housing areas will reflect our pride in and love for the college as well as the excellence of our programs. The Churchill Memorial will be an integral part of the campus scene and will symbolize the leadership and selfless service of Churchill himself. The campus culture will bring to reality the vision of free and open thought and speech that nurtures educational excellence.

Vision for the Student Body
Westminster College will be a selective, traditional, residential liberal arts college that attracts and retains high quality students primarily from the mid-west, but also from throughout the nation and overseas. The full time enrollments will grow to 1000 students by 2011. Students will be challenged to grow
intellectually, ethically, professionally, socially, and spiritually.
The combined effects of the academic and student life programs in a caring campus environment will inspire students to appreciate and internalize the values of integrity, fairness, respect for others and their property, and responsibility. Mentored by a committed faculty and involved alumnae and alumni, graduates will be prepared, motivated, and inspired to live lives of leadership, service, and professional fulfillment in a global community.

Vision for the Alumni
Westminster graduates will lead successful and fulfilling lives. Having achieved some measure of their success because of their Westminster experience, they will give back to future generations through personal involvement and financial support. They will be actively involved in alumni activities, maintaining fellowship with fellow graduates and sustaining their connection to the College. Further, they will support Westminster through mentorship of students, involvement with College activities, service on committees and boards, and recruitment activities in their local communities.

Educational Goals
The enduring goal of a liberal arts education is the formation of well-rounded individuals whose breadth and depth of knowledge and diverse approaches to understanding prepare them for professional careers and a lifetime of learning and service. In this spirit, Westminster College provides programs that allow students to develop proficient and creative thinking in a field of study while also acquiring the following knowledge, skills and perspectives:

  • Critical Thinking: development of sound analytical and synthetic reasoning skills and the ability to employ them in problem solving;
  • Communication: ability to write, speak, read, and listen effectively;
  • Mathematical Skills: ability to use and understand statistical and other quantitative techniques to interpret data;
  • Historical Perspective: awareness of our human heritage and of the power of historical methods for revealing patterns and meanings in our national and international life;
  • Social Institutions: knowledge of the major institutions of society such as work, family, voluntary associations, and government;
  • Science: understanding the nature of scientific inquiry as well as the role of science in the modern world;
  • Technology: ability to employ computer and other technologies in writing and in the manipulation of data, and understanding the nature and limits of technology;
  • Cultures: awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, languages, philosophies, religions, and methods of understanding them;
  • Values: awareness of the role of values in decision making, of the search for meaning and identity, and of the ethical issues of society;
  • Aesthetic Sensitivity: appreciation and understanding of literature and the fine arts; and
  • Global Interdependence: awareness of the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of our world and the implications for our economic, political, social, and cultural systems.
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