New and different ways to learn and live
Mount Mary University recognizes that the world needs imagination – an ability to see things in new and different ways. We recognize that every student has God-given creative talents that can be honed and nurtured to address the challenges facing our complex 21st century world.
At Mount Mary, creativity is understood to be a series of dispositions and attributes that can be taught, and with outcomes that can be measured.
These elements are the cornerstone of Mount Mary’s Creative Campus Initiative, which has infused creative approaches in all areas of the student experience -- throughout the entire curriculum and even outside the classroom as well.
The five measurable outcomes defined by the Creative Campus Initiative include:
Agility: The ability to change course or direction in thought and/or action in response to sometimes unpredictable circumstances.
Experimenting/Exploring: The willingness to attempt something new and different; embarking into unknown areas for purposes of understanding and enlightenment.
Imagination: The ability to create form for something new, connecting ideas to develop new creations, insights, patterns, and solutions.
Open-mindedness: The willingness to incorporate and apply outside frameworks into thought and practice, while maintaining personal beliefs and perspectives.
Navigating Complexity: The ability to identify the separate components of a situation and to understand the connections and potential relationships between those components.
Our students are carefully guided through learning experiences that teach them to apply these attributes in their personal and professional lives.
Our Leadership for Social Justice course, a requirement for all first-year students, increases awareness of how leadership, social justice and creativity are interconnected. Designed with the help of the Center for Creative Leadership, the course introduces students to the depth of thinking required in a college environment and in the places they will work after graduating.
The Creative Campus extends beyond the student experience into administrative offices all around the campus. More than 100 employees have been trained in design thinking, a methodology applied to solve complex problems using logic and imagination to achieve desired outcomes.
Through this unique campus climate, a Mount Mary student is continually assessed to ensure they are acquiring the ability to be creative – in ways that future employers, and the world itself, need them to be.
And the result? Our graduates are leaders who change their world through their chosen pursuits.