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Educational Philosophy

Marylhurst University affords a liberal arts education guided by a comprehensive philosophy of the dynamic learning partnership between our faculty and our students.

The heart of Marylhurst University's educational philosophy is the university's heritage of the liberal arts – the foundation of all learning and professional life. Through a shared inquiry into the range of human experience, a Marylhurst education prepares students for fulfilling lives and careers in a constantly changing world. Our students are equipped to pursue their personal and professional goals with confidence. They employ informed creativity to address problems, to choose between complex options and to make effective decisions.

The Marylhurst classroom emphasizes collaboration between faculty and students in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Students bring life experience and curiosity; faculty nurture critical thinking and reflection. A rigorous curriculum delivered both on campus and online challenges students to reason deeply and learn broadly. Instructors integrate theory with practice, providing opportunities for intellectual engagement and professional development. They encourage students to seek out knowledge and ideas, to evaluate what they see, hear and read, and to reflect with wisdom and insight on their society and themselves.

The university's emphasis on ethics and leadership inspires students to apply their education with purpose and concern. They learn to speak and write clearly and listen with a compassionate and discerning ear. Most importantly, Marylhurst students share a commitment that personal success must be joined with service to one's community and world.

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Jim Davis Presents at National Conference

Dr. Jim Davis, human sciences faculty, presented workshops on senior policy and advocacy at the Aging in America conference in San Diego in March 2014.

Paul Sutinen Discusses Avant-Garde and Kitsch

Paul Sutinen, director of art programs, will join local artists, critics and scholars for a discussion on Clement Greenberg's Avant-Garde and Kitsch at the Blackfish Gallery on April 19, 2014.

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April 01, 2014 – April 30, 2014

Jordan VanSise: Down the Up Staircase

A series of photographs created by Marylhurst art student Jordan VanSise as the North American Finalist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards ...

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April 01, 2014 – April 29, 2014

Streff Gallery: The William Stafford Calligraphy Project - Portland Society for Calligraphy

For this year's Portland Society for Calligraphy member exhibition, members were invited to create an artwork using the words of William Stafford a...

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April 14, 2014 – May 17, 2014

The Art Gym: Vanessa Renwick

The Art Gym presents Vanessa Renwick. A filmmaker Renwick has been making short movies and media installations for over twenty years. She lives in...

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