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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

  • Engage and model meaningful individual and program assessment that leads to continuous program improvement.
  • Promote equity and social justice through inclusive programs, policies, and practices.
  • Conduct and apply research and other scholarly work to improve education and counseling.
  • Maximize the effective use of technology for instruction, recruitment, assessment, and scholarship.
  • Develop partnerships that support high-quality clinical experiences and professional development for GSE students, faculty, and cooperating professionals.