Imagine 2022 Update: Initiative I

Published 11:19 am Thursday, August 15, 2019

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From staff reports

Imagine 2022, Asbury University’s strategic plan, is propelling the university into the future of higher education while strengthening its core values and programs
Initiative I of the strategic plan, titled “Learn,” was created to “advance Asbury as a rigorous Christian liberal arts university that embraces opportunities and addresses emerging challenges in an increasingly complex and globally interdependent world.”
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Daniel Strait’s visioning was instrumental to the process of creating Imagine 2022. Now, he’s looking forward to seeing how all of the initiatives, but especially Initiative I, impact campus. Strait is also working closely on Point One of Initiative I, which focuses on promoting and strengthening the liberal arts at Asbury.
“We want to be a leading Christian university committed to liberal arts inquiry and interdisciplinary thinking,” Strait said. “All of these things are stated in that first area. We have been doing things, even prior to codifying that strategic plan. We put a lot of things in place to start creating some openings for students to reengage with the Foundations program in a more robust way.”
For Strait, Initiative I’s role in strengthening and promoting foundations across campus is critical as the impact of the liberal arts can be felt years after a student leaves the classroom. His own liberal arts education affects the way he thinks, even today.
“We sometimes find ourselves in a class reading a book that we would’ve never read on our own or entertaining a question that we never even thought we could ask,” Strait said. “I live for those moments still, actually. It still happens to me because a student may ask a question that I just never simply thought about before. I think we need to live in this expectation of real, profound change. When you put the faith component into this, then everything is even more dramatic and significant.”
Committee members are excited to continue dreaming up ways to engage the student body with foundations curriculum. They’re also looking forward to working with Asbury’s new president, Dr. Kevin J. Brown, as he assumes the leadership of the strategic plan.

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