Innovation Through Connective Insights
THE UPDATED CURRICULUM continues to incorporate Southwestern’s Paideia philosophy, in which faculty members encourage students to make connections not only within their classes, but also across disciplines. This concept is woven throughout the campus and incorporated in all areas.
“The new articulation of Paideia, which incorporates Paideia in every class, asks students to take the thinking process from that particular class and apply it to something other than the subject itself — whether it’s theatre or the athletic field or science,” said Burger. “Paideia is something that you will not find at any other institution. There’s no other school in the nation, or in the world, that has a curriculum that’s as thoughtful and intentional about making connections as ours is now. And that’s truly exciting.”
Southwestern’s Strategic Vision identifies the following four key goals for the University over the next ten years:
- Enroll and retain students who have significant potential for academic excellence.
- Foster the highest standards of scholarship, academic quality, and differentiated educational and co-curricular experiences focused on thinking, creating, and connecting.
- Cultivate the culture and practices among faculty and staff necessary to sustain institutional excellence and a community focused on student success.
- Continue to develop and implement a sustainable financial model that reflects the new realities for higher education generally and for liberal arts institutions specifically.
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Southwestern offers 36 majors and seven pre-professional pathways, resulting in Bachelor’s Degrees of Arts, Science, Science in Education, Music or Fine Arts.
Southwestern has been included in every edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges since 1996.
Kiplinger includes Southwestern in its 2016 list of the 100 top values in liberal arts colleges.
Forbes names Southwestern as the #1 undergraduate liberal arts college in Texas in its 2016 Grateful Grad Colleges. Southwestern is also recognized as one of Forbes’ top 50 colleges in the South.
Washington Monthly ranks Southwestern among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges, based on contributions to the public good.
The foundation of the Southwestern curriculum, Paideia®, intentionally connects ideas and themes across multiple disciplines.