Historically, institutions of higher learning have focused on retention and graduation rates to measure success. Add a few names of distinguished alumni and the story was complete. But, that isn't good enough. Wasn't then. Isn't now. With all due respect, students who enter a university with the goal of making a difference after receiving their degrees are being shortchanged. By the time they're deemed ready, the world will have undoubtedly changed. Instead, we ask: Why wait? Start making an impact now.
At Capital University, we measure success differently. We prefer learner to learned because we believe learning is always a beginning, never an ending. To be learned implies a fait accompli. But a learner travels along a continuum that stretches across life stages, career changes, neighborhoods, difference, boundaries and challenges.
From their first day on campus as learners, our students begin preparing for jobs that become careers – careers that have meaning and fulfillment. They work toward becoming Purpose-ReadyTM – prepared for a life driven by a deep sense of purpose and lived at the speed of change. And they become accomplished at embracing ideas and inventions not yet considered or imagined.
As a community of learners, we see the world as a progression of opportunities to inquire, explore, practice and work through the discomfort of not knowing. We collaborate, theorize, try, risk, learn, solve and triumph.
Our world needs more learners – people who choose to see a challenge not as a barrier or something to be feared, but as something new to learn. Leaders who choose to see difference as an opportunity to gain new understanding. Social innovators who choose to inspire belief in the potential we can realize together. Because there's nothing we can't accomplish if we support, encourage, teach, learn from and work with one another.