January 8, 2020
Thanks to Alissa Simon and Rebecca Fisher for today’s post. This is the final post in the series: Our Mission Extends Beyond Us.
By now, Harrison Middleton University’s mission statement is probably familiar to you. We study the classics, we study great ideas, we study primary documents with purpose and meaning. Our Mission Statement reads: “Harrison Middleton University is a great ideas, great works, great conversations, distance learning university that offers graduate education in the humanities with concentrations in imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social science. Harrison Middleton University promotes student-faculty scholarship through research, discussion, and the development of collaborative publications.” Furthermore, we believe that, “[I]n a time when information of all kinds is increasingly fragmented, the study of ancient and modern classics provides a rich source of fundamental knowledge and unifying ideas.”
We regard education as a tool that empowers individuals who then empower communities. Education provides unique opportunities to both citizens and communities. Freedom itself hinges on education. Over the past few months on this blog, we have mapped out our interactions with the International Commerce High School and the Humanities and Sciences High School. The interaction of students and faculty allows for a greater degree of success on both sides, which promotes successful futures for all involved.
We have highlighted the reasons for student success, such as faculty professional development, student orientation, CPR courses, and understanding and utilizing national testing systems including CLEP, GED and ACT WorkKeys. These examples underscore the avenues that cross between Harrison Middleton University and the high schools. Conversation is our foundational communication and assessment tool and we are proud to have created a loop of superior education that positively impacts our society.
The pedagogy of inquiry-based instruction serves as a strong bridge between Harrison Middleton University, International Commerce High School, and Humanities and Sciences High School; it also forms the basis for much of the work that faculty from the three schools do together. Cognitive development depends upon this sort of practice, as does skillful social functioning—and we must not forget that the habits of inquiry taken to their ultimate expression create the foundation for knowledgeable and engaged citizens.
Our work is dedicated to maintaining a rigorous agenda of reading and discussion. Not only do we pursue knowledge for our own advancement, but we nurture education in others.
Links to the full series are below.
Foundational Courses: http://www.hmu.edu/hmu-blog/2020/12/25/foundational-courses
CLEP Exams: http://www.hmu.edu/hmu-blog/2020/11/27/clep-exams
ACT WorkKeys: http://www.hmu.edu/hmu-blog/2020/11/13/act-workkeys-act-national-career-readiness-certificate
3 Pillars of Student Success: http://www.hmu.edu/hmu-blog/2020/10/2/inquiry-community-and-pedagogical-practice-3-pillars-of-student-success
High School Orientation: http://www.hmu.edu/hmu-blog/2020/9/25/high-school-orientation
Our Mission Extends Beyond Us: http://www.hmu.edu/hmu-blog/2020/9/4/our-mission-extends-beyond-us
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