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Building a Community of Scholars
We will foster a vital community of scholars whose members collaborate as partners in learning and scholarship.
It is widely believed that a sense of community is not only an ideal but a distinctive strength of Santa Clara—a strength that contributes significantly to our quality and competitiveness. Yet Santa Clara is not immune to the forces of fragmentation that affect other institutions in society. The experience of community, especially the learning community, must be actively nurtured. We must find ways to enrich this experience of community for all Santa Clarans—undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, alumni and parents, friends and supporters—and to ground it more firmly in the intellectual life of the University and its emphasis on student learning.
Responding to this challenge will require continued institutional commitment to supporting teaching and scholarship of high quality, prompting a dynamic relationship between the two, encouraging close interaction between faculty and students, and inviting all members of the University community to participate in its intellectual life. While all constituencies of the University play a role in responding to this challenge, faculty have a central responsibility for fostering the intellectual collaboration essential for a vital community of scholars.
1.A. How can Santa Clara, with the leadership of its faculty, foster the intellectual collaboration necessary for building a community of scholars and providing an integrated education?
1.B. How can Santa Clara support faculty in their efforts to exemplify the ideal of the teaching scholar?
1.C. How can Santa Clara continue to enrich the quality and diversity of its community of scholars?