Johnson State College believes in the power of a liberal arts education to transform lives. We express this belief by providing high-impact, interdisciplinary learning experiences that cross academic and experiential boundaries; by creating opportunities for students to extend their classroom learning to the field, the laboratory, the studio, the community and the local and wider world; by recognizing and supporting the diverse starting points, backgrounds and goals of students; and by sustaining high standards, active participation, vigorous debate and mutual respect.
As we strive to be the premier, public liberal arts college in Vermont, these key values guide our work:
- JSC faculty members are active scholars and researchers, but first and foremost they are committed to students and student success.
- High-impact, cross-disciplinary learning — through research, internships, student teaching and other forms of experiential learning — enhances academic programs and expands our students’ world-view.
- A friendly and welcoming environment supports the development of close relationships between students and faculty, which promotes student success and persistence to graduation.
- Environmental and social awareness is a fundamental component of a JSC education — one we support through academic offerings, community-based activities and cultural programming.
- We value and respect diversity in all its forms, recognizing that it expands the educational experience and strengthens our community.
- We recognize the importance of creating an inclusive environment for both “traditional” and “nontraditional” students, as students take many paths in achieving their educational goals.
At Johnson State College, we believe the success of a community is based on both a shared commitment to the basic core values of the community and the individual member’s sense of responsibility. As a community centered on the growth and learning of our members, in concert with our ongoing goal to be the premier, public liberal arts college in Vermont, Johnson State College fully commits to the ideals set forth in the 1990 Carnegie Foundation report “Campus Life: In Search of Community,” which calls on us to be:
- An educationally purposeful community where faculty and students share academic goals and work together to strengthen teaching and learning on campus.
- An open community where freedom of expression is uncompromisingly protected and where civility is positively affirmed.
- A just community where the sacredness of the person is honored and diversity is pursued.
- A disciplined community where individuals accept their obligations to the group.
- A caring community where the well-being of each member is sensitively supported and service to others is encouraged.
- A celebrative community where the heritage of the institution is remembered and where rituals affirming tradition are widely shared.
We are grateful to JSC community members for honoring these principles and reflecting them through actions.