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Vision, Mission, Values & Learning Goals

Ouachita Baptist University seeks to foster a love of God and a love of learning by creating for students and other constituents dynamic growth opportunities both on campus and throughout the world. With foresight and faithfulness, Ouachita makes a difference.

Ouachita Baptist University is a Christ-centered learning community. Embracing the liberal arts tradition, the university prepares individuals for ongoing intellectual and spiritual growth, lives of meaningful work, and reasoned engagement with the world.

Ouachita strives to be an academic community of vision, integrity, and service grounded in the following values:

Faith. We believe that life is lived most abundantly in response to the love of God through Jesus Christ.

Scholarship. We advance excellence in teaching, learning, research, and creative expression.

Growth. We foster broad-based education, encouraging growth in intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social domains.

Character. We affirm that respect and honesty undergird responsible citizenship and stewardship.

Community. We promote a vibrant community strengthened by diversity, sustained by common aims and supportive relationships, and committed to leadership and service on campus and beyond.

University Learning Goals

Through all its educational programs—curricular and co-curricular, classroom and experiential—Ouachita promotes the following goals for student learning:

1.  Intellectual and applied skills that promote competency and lifelong learning:

a.  articulate communication

i.   written

ii.  oral

b.  critical thinking

c.   creative thinking

d.  analytic reasoning

e.  quantitative reasoning

f.  scientific reasoning

g.  information literacy

2.  Engagement with the content and methods of the major domains of knowledge

3.  Heightened awareness of personal and social responsibility:

a.  civic engagement

b.  ethical reasoning

c.  personal integrity

d.  stewardship

e.  physical well-being 

f.  spiritual growth

4a.  Appreciation for cultural diversity

4b.  Development of intercultural competence for constructive engagement in both local and global contexts

5.  Depth of knowledge and skills in a chosen discipline or combination of disciplines sufficient to provide the foundation for advanced study, professional competence, and meaningful work.

6a.  Connect learning across disciplines

6b.  Apply knowledge and skills to solve problems

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