At the University of New Haven, we provide world-class career preparation in all our programs. We consider this important to students who seek to achieve success in their careers. But we have another priority as well: to prepare students for meaningful lives. Through our courses in the arts, humanities, and sciences, we cultivate our students’ humanity; and by integrating experiential learning in our academic programs — through such areas of emphasis as community service, internships, student-faculty research, and student self-governance —we prepare our students for leadership in their careers and as members of a democratic society.
The technological and economic complexity, as well as the great cultural diversity of the world in which we live and work, will require that our graduates be exceptionally flexible, compassionate, and tolerant human beings. I hope the UNH experience will lead our students and alumni to measure their personal success both by career achievement and by the positive impact they will have on the lives of others. For this reason, I encourage all students to explore UNH for courses that will serve to both improve their skills and enrich their sense of societal responsibility.
The faculty at UNH has impressive academic and professional credentials, in many cases bringing with them national and even international reputations in their field. They are committed in unrivaled ways to the success of each and every one of our students, allowing for the establishing of relationships that extend beyond their experience at UNH.
One of my favorite quotations is from the late Ernest Boyer, a former president of the Carnegie Foundation, who once cautioned that the “crisis of our time relates not to technical competence, but to a loss of the social and historical perspective, to the disastrous divorce of competence from conscience.” As UNH students focus on their studies, I encourage them to also allow some time to look for ways to improve the world that they will help to form as members of a global society.
I wish all our students success in their studies and personal enrichment through their experiences at the University of New Haven.
Steven H. Kaplan