The Purpose of Graduate Programs in the University
The Influence of the Catholic Mission and Brother’s Charism on Graduate Programs in the University
The Catholic Mission and Brother’s Charism call the faculty, curriculum, student, and research to respond to the mission of service to those in need. The University respects the integrity of each discipline and calls each program to create a community of scholars, learners, and practitioners who can use their skills to improve the community and the common good. The Brother’s Charism of education calls both graduate faculty and students to a level of independence and initiative befitting the professional teacher, scholar, and practitioner. The combined challenge of excellence and service should infuse faculty, staff, and student alike.
The Purpose of Graduate Learning, Teaching, and Research in the Catholic University
Graduate learning, teaching and scholarship differ from undergraduate learning, teaching, and scholarship in both intensity and kind. Graduate programs share the foundations of the University’s mission, charism, and curriculum beliefs but call the student and faculty to a task that has different goals than an undergraduate program. Graduate curricula have single-mindedness in focus -- an in-depth study of a field -- and the goal of leading students to independence in the acquisition and promulgation of knowledge and practice.
Specialization, depth of knowledge and independent application mark graduate learning. A paramount goal of graduate programs is to empower students to become productive members of a profession or field of study able to further the achievements of producing knowledge and improving practice.
Graduate teaching differs from undergraduate teaching because of the necessary added depth pursued and the specific skills that students must master. Graduate teaching must empower students to discover, apply, and generate knowledge and to demonstrate informed practice.
In graduate programs, teachers are and students become empowered members of a scholarly community that informs independent practice and generates new knowledge for others.
The mission of Walsh University’s graduate programs is to provide post-baccalaureate programs that evidence the University’s mission and Charism. Graduate programs are specialized courses of study that enroll qualified students and support faculty scholars.
The graduate programs seek to distinguish themselves in dedication to their students, the quality of the program, creative teaching, and scholarship that serves the community and the common good.
In addition to the foundational beliefs and aims of the University, the graduate programs focus on specialized knowledge, evidenced-based practice, independent learning, compassionate service, and engaged scholarship as values fundamental to graduate programs constitutive of Walsh University.
The Role of Students and Faculty in Graduate Programs
Students, in graduate programs, complete their program as junior peers to their professors. Students continue their careers as informed and informing practitioners. Whether they stay on the job or in practice, or become educators, they are able to carry on a program of professional growth with their newfound peers.
Faculty of graduate students must already be what they are guiding their students to become: members of a practice or field of study empowered to use best practices in generating new knowledge or charting ways of improved evidence based practice in an environment that recognizes foundational beliefs about reality, the person, society, and culture, as referenced in the University’s Curriculum Document (1990).
The Role of Professional and Support Staff in Graduate Programs
Professional and Support Staff
Professional and Support staff share in the foundational beliefs of the community, as well as the mission and Charism of the Brothers, through their service to the programs, faculty, and students. As members of our community, they minister to the common good with their talents and gifts so that all are accepted as created in God’s image and they are dedicated to fostering our ministry to students and their success.