A buzzword today in higher education is "transformation." Unlike some buzzwords, this is apt, for a university education, through its components of general education and major preparation, does substantially change students' lives. The University College facilitates the process of transformation by connecting faculty, students, staff, and the community.
Through the University College students are assured of a valuable and evolving general education that allows them to be informed, critical-thinking, engaged citizens. Students are connected with enrichment and research opportunities through Honors, the McNair Scholarship program, service learning, the Student Research & Creative Works Symposium and the National Council on Undergraduate Research.
The location of Faculty Commons in the University College insures that students are taught by faculty who are continuously growing, developing, and sharing the latest scholarship, pedagogy, and technology. Eastern is a teaching institution, and faculty choose to work here because they can see the transformations that they support in students.
The College also serves as a liaison to other colleges, units, and divisions, and is designed to smooth the logistical bumps in the road so that students can direct their energy to the exhilarating (and sometimes exhausting) process of transformation.
Dr. Lynn Briggs, Dean
Professor of English
Eastern Washington University
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