FOUR CORNERSTONES: Engagement, Perspective, Achievement, Focus

The cornerstone is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.

The Cornerstones provide the foundation for building an educational framework committed to the Pacific University Mission:

•To promote a rich teaching and learning atmosphere of intellectual exchange
•To provide opportunities to engage in scholarship and creative activities
•To embrace sustainability, and use the university as a learning laboratory
•To value diversity both in culture and opinion
•To challenge campus members to involve themselves in civic engagement

 

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
This cornerstone prepares you to be an informed and active citizen. The key supporting program is the Center for Civic Engagement.

The minimum requirement is to complete a CE-designated course or project.

Consider these ways to build on you CE Cornerstone:

 

INTERNATIONAL AND DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES
This cornerstone increases your awareness of and competency with diverse cultures.  Key supporting programs include the Office of International Programs, the Center for Languages and International Collaboration (The CLIC), and the Diversity Office.

The minimum requirement is to complete an IP- or DP-designated course or study abroad for a semester.

Consider these ways to build on you IDP Cornerstone:

 

RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT
This cornerstone prepares you for substantive scholarly achievement in the discipline of your major.  Key supporting programs include the Office for Undergraduate Research and the Fellowship Office.

The minimum requirement is to complete your senior capstone project.

Consider these ways to build on you RCA Cornerstone:

 

FUTURE FOCUS
This cornerstone supports your planning for after-graduation pursuits.  Key supporting programs include the Career Development Center, the Pathways Advising Office, the Fellowship Office, and the Alumni Office.

You will satisfy this requirement by active participation in the advisor-advisee relationship. We also strongly encourage you to visit and to use the resources of the Career Development Center—see http://www.pacificu.edu/career/.

Consider these ways to build on you FF Cornerstone: