Synthesis: A Pathway to Intentional Learning
The Western Carolina experience is built on a foundation of engaged, intentional learning.
Life goals are like climbing mountains. Working as partners in learning, students,
faculty, and staff will choose the mountains to climb and the best pathway to get
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Students identify their aptitudes, abilities, and interests and articulate their future
goals and aspirations.
Students recognize the synthesis of their university experience relative to their
future education and career plans.
Students participate in study abroad, internships, faculty-led programs, research
Students participate in research, scholarly, and creative activity with faculty and
Students identify their roles as engaged citizens, consider public policies, see commonalities,
and respect diversity.
The overarching goal of the QEP is to empower students to integrate knowledge and skills from their academic and co-curricular experiences to become
intentional participants in their own learning. To that end, WCU hopes to impact students' understanding of self, intellectual flexibility and versatility, and capacity for
As a result, WCU expects students to:
- identify their aptitudes, abilities, and interests and articulate their future goals
- modify their behaviors and values in response to knowledge and skills gained from
their academic and co-curricular experiences; and
- recognize the synthesis of their university experiences relative to their future education
and career plans.