GSE Philosophy & Priorities

GSE Philosophy (Guiding Principles)

  • We create and sustain educational environments that serve all students and address diverse needs.
  • We encourage and model exemplary programs and practices across the life span.
  • We build our programs on the human and cultural richness of the University’s urban setting.
  • We challenge assumptions about our practice and accept the risks inherent in following our convictions.
  • We model professionalism and develop collaborative efforts that foster our mission.
  • We develop our programs to promote social justice, especially for groups that have been historically disenfranchised.
  • We strive to understand the relationships among culture, curriculum, and practice and the long-term implications for ecological sustainability.
  • We model thoughtful inquiry as a basis for sound decision making.

GSE Priorities

  1. Engage in individual and program assessment that leads to continuous program improvement.
  2. Ensure that GSE programs, policies, and practices advance and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  3. Significantly increase and strengthen faculty research productivity while advancing diverse methods, approaches, and tools for faculty to be engaged in collaborative research that has a transformative impact on our global, state, and local community.
  4. Maximize the effective use of technology to promote equity in instruction, recruitment, assessment, retention, and scholarship.
  5. Develop partnerships that support high-quality practical experiences and professional development for GSE candidates, faculty, and cooperating professionals.
  6. Maximize the effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of GSE operations.