The Educational Ideals of Marlboro College
At Marlboro College, we are committed to teaching, encouraging, and practicing the following ideals for independent learners and responsible citizens; we expect students to commit to developing and practicing these ideals during their time as members of the Marlboro community. Some of these ideals are embodied in distinctly academic skills that faculty will cover in class and that course-work is designed to develop -- the clearest example of such a skill is writing. Other ideals emerge from the structures and practices of Marlboro as an intentional academic community, though they may not come primarily from work in the classroom – clear oral expression and debate is key to most classroom discussion, but also essential to effective work in Town Meeting and on committees.
The comparative weight and practice of all of these ideals will be different for everyone and at different stages. We urge careful consideration of these ideals over the first two years of study and in the deepening of a set of abilities through plan. We believe that by the end of students’ education, they should be able to articulate how the majority of these skills have been strengthened and practiced through their work at Marlboro.
Although the first few skills constitute the historic core of what makes the Marlboro education stand out, the order of the ideals is not inherently hierarchical,. Self-direction and clear communication are deeply woven into the fabric of the Marlboro curriculum. Every completed plan will involve increasing one’s ability to self-direct, research, analyze, and write. The prominence of other skills may depend more on the chosen field, or on a student’s advisors, or on the student’s participation in the life of the college through Town Meeting, committee work, student groups, or other activities.