Our history as a former military college has given Widener a strong foundation, and has created a lasting set of values that are reflected in the university's mission statement today.
As a first-choice university, Widener is a dynamic, inclusive academic community, transforming students into scholars, leaders, and globally engaged citizens.
These values are a guiding force for the entire campus community and are infused into the curriculum through opportunities like life-changing study abroad experiences, hands-on internships or co-ops, and the development of strong leadership skills.
Mission, Vision, and Values
Here at Widener, a leading metropolitan university, we achieve our mission by creating a learning environment where curricula are connected to societal issues through civic engagement.
Our mission at Widener includes the following tenets:
We lead by providing a unique combination of liberal arts and professional education in a challenging, scholarly, and culturally diverse academic community.
We engage our students through dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning.
We inspire our students to be citizens of character who demonstrate professional and civic leadership.
We contribute to the vitality and well-being of the communities we serve.
By 2021, Widener University will be a leader among metropolitan universities in promoting student transformation and success through:
Rigorous academic expectations and high-impact educational practices that support intended learning outcomes.
Articulate characteristics of rigorous academic expectations and practices.
Raise the level of academic rigor.
Expand the use of high-impact educational practices.
Improve high-impact educational practices and student learning outcomes.
Promote a university culture where academic expectations and high-impact educational practices are developed, supported, and rewarded.
A dynamic campus environment that immerses students in meaningful curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular experiences.
Increase students’ participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that promote student success.
Support and strengthen domestic and international university-recognized programs in order to engage students in global and multicultural activities.
Develop a campus infrastructure that promotes a vibrant living and learning environment.
Increase opportunities for student interactions outside the classroom with faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni.
Foster lifelong commitments to the university in students and alumni.
A culture of leadership that inspires students, faculty, and staff to have a positive influence on their workplaces, professions, communities, and the world.
Position the university as a recognized international model for intellectual, scholarly, and experiential work on leadership.
Develop and assess professional and civic leadership attributes in students.
Provide collaborative academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs and experiences for leadership development.
Engage faculty and staff with challenging leadership development opportunities.
A diverse university community that champions a culture of respect, civility, and inclusivity.
Continue to foster a campus climate that values multiple perspectives and experiences.
Prepare all students for success in a diverse and global society.
Expand and promote access, equity, and success for disadvantaged and underrepresented students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
Create and sustain institutional structures and processes to support a culture of inclusivity.
Promote scholarship related to diversity and inclusive excellence.
Scholarship by faculty and students that enriches learning and advances knowledge within and across disciplines.
Strengthen a culture that values, promotes, and supports faculty and student scholarship.
Increase faculty participation in scholarly activities, including the scholarship of discovery, integration, teaching, application, and engagement, in addition to types of scholarship specific to particular disciplines.
Increase student participation in scholarly activities.
Increase collaboration between faculty and students in scholarly activities.
Civic engagement that furthers the university’s national and global leadership in educating engaged citizens and in contributing to the vitality and well-being of the communities we serve.
Create and enhance institutional structures and processes to advance the university’s leadership in civic engagement.
Increase the scope and impact of curricular and co-curricular civic engagement activities.
Increase support for developing strategic reciprocal partnerships that enhance student learning through civic engagement.
Enhance the university’s role as an anchor institution.
Institutional agility and innovation that make the university attractive, accessible, and sustainable.
Optimize the university’s enrollment.
Achieve strategic initiatives through effective allocation and stewardship of human and financial resources.
Anticipate and adapt to the changing environment with innovative educational and business practices.
Construct and maintain facilities, including the technology infrastructure, that serve the diverse needs of the university community.
Adopt policies and practices that promote efficient use and conservation of natural resources.
We put Widener’s values—experiential learning, leadership, and career preparation—at the center of every program we offer. These values are reflected in rigorous academic expectations and high-impact educational practices that promote student engagement and learning.
Whether they’re going for a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, students have experiences that are directly derived from our educational philosophy that encourages them to have community-based experiences at home and abroad.
Hands-on learning in small classes
Enrolling at Widener enables students to learn more than just the facts; they engage in experiential learning projects where classroom knowledge is applied to real-world issues, often through service-learning courses. Over 75% of Widener students participate in service or volunteer activities. It’s no wonder why Widener ranks among Newsweek’s top 20 service-minded colleges.
Transformative leadership opportunities
Every academic program affords students multiple experiences to develop competency, character, and courage as part of their leadership development, including the option to pursue a minor in leadership studies. Widener’s co-curricular and extra-curricular programming is also designed to help students develop characteristics associated with professional and civic leadership and earn a leadership certificate along the way.
Real-world on-the-job experience
Our internships and co-op education programs consistently get high marks from students and employers alike. In fact, Widener offers one of the rare co-op programs in the area in which students can gain a year of paid work while still completing their degree in four years.
Widener’s core values help our graduates make their mark in the world.
We're all Widener!
At Widener, anyone and everyone can step up to be a leader. Widener is committed to diversity and this commitment is one that values the perspectives of each of our community members.
Our focus on diversity emphasizes three key values:
We're all valued.
We're all contributors.
We're all Widener!
When a plurality of viewpoints are valued, explored, and seen as opportunities for learning and personal growth, we all benefit.