Bucknell University Catalog, 2007-08, p. 1
Bucknell is a unique national university where liberal arts and professional progrrams complement each other. Bucknell educates men and women for a lifetime of critical thinking and strong leadership characterized by continued intellectual exploration, creativity, and imagination. A Bucknell education enables students to interact daily with faculty who exemplify a passion for learning and a dedication to teaching and scholarship. Bucknell fosters a residential, co-curricular environment in which students develop intellectual maturity, personal conviction, and strength of character, informed by a deep understanding of different cultures an diverse perspectives. Bucknell seeks to educate its students to serve the common good and to promote justice in ways sensitive to the moral and ethical dimensions of life.
Bucknell University Catalog, 2005-06,
.....Bucknell expects its students to be concerned with two closely related
types of development: that of the productive citizen and that of the person
working toward intellectual maturity and self-awareness. Bucknell's education
program stresses the perpetration of all of its students for the exercise
of high responsibility in all phases of society. The undergraduate experience
serves as a catalyst for the student's intellectual development and as a
means of fostering the growth of each individual's capacity for self-awareness
and sustained commitment to learning.
Because our society presents continuing challenges to values, students are
encouraged to cultivate respect for other individuals and cultures, enhancing
in the course of this pursuit their own moral sensitivity, personal creativity,
and emotional stability. At the same time, Bucknell's residential character
provides a matrix within which institutional programs and practices that
exemplify compassion, civility, and a sense of justice from an aspect of
the educational experience.
1. To provide a broad curriculum which includes the humanities, social sciences,
natural sciences and professional studies in engineering, education, and management.
2. To recruit a diverse student body of controlled size composed of talented
men and women
3. To educate students for the exercise of high responsibility in all
phases of society.
4. To develop in students the qualities of self-awareness, personal creativity,
and a lifelong interest in learning
5. To develop in students broad analytical and transferable habits of
6. To develop new experiences that will enable students to grow in moral
sensitivity and in respect for other persons.
7. To engage in institutional programs and practices that exemplify compassion,
civility, and a sense of justice.
Bucknell University Catalog, 2005-06,
Each first-year student will enroll in a small seminar of about
15 students, usually in the fall semester. Foundations Seminars are offered
by many different faculty and focus on a wide vary of subjects. Whatever the
topics, they are designed to cultivate the attitudes, skills, and knowledge
necessary for students to benefit maximally from a Bucknell education and to
negotiate the complexities of the modern world. The seminars will stress the
following: active, independent learning; collaborative learning; development
of students' capacity for analysis, reflection judgment, and creativity; multiple
perspectives, and development of skills students need in order to engage in
intellectual endeavors at Bucknell and beyond. These courses will address foundational
skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and also develop students'
ability to use the library effectively and to use computers (e.g. word processing,
simulations, use of a database, or analysis of data).
Foundation Seminar - Learning Objectives
1) Fostering the intellectual development of first-year students through reading, speaking, listening, and writing.
Intellectual development implies improving students' ability to analyze, evaluate, and interpret materials they encounter (texts, performances, works of art, the phenomena of society and nature), to synthesize and communicate the results of their studies, and to create works of their own demonstrating the acquisition of new knowledge or application of their learning. This process increases the first-year student's capacity for critical (or higher-order) thinking complemented by the creative dimensions of imagination and insight. Through exposure to different perspectives in the Foundation courses, whether complementary or conflicting, students realize the limitations of a single viewpoint as they understand the nature and uses of evidence and practice well-reasoned and persuasive argumentation.
2) Promoting active learning and responsibility, thereby motivating students to become accountable for their own learning.
Students should come to value and to emulate the characteristics of an engaged learner by taking responsibility for their own learning and understanding how specific activities are related to the learning goals of a course. They will learn to evaluate their own learning, and if necessary, will seek assistance in order to achieve educational objectives. The students will also begin to understand that learning is a social act that requires collaboration, intentional participation, self-awareness, and self-motivation.