Evergreen’s Mission

As an innovative public liberal arts college, Evergreen emphasizes collaborative, interdisciplinary learning across significant differences. Our academic community engages students in defining and thinking critically about their learning. Evergreen supports and benefits from local and global commitment to social justice, diversity, environmental stewardship and service in the public interest. (Official college policy, last revised April 2011.)

Core Themes

  • Integrated, interdisciplinary learning
  • Individuals engaged in community
  • Environmental stewardship and social justice
  • Diversity and equity
Fulfilling Evergreen’s mission encompasses two major, interrelated elements. The first element is academic: student success in meeting the Six Expectations of an Evergreen Graduate, which collectively represent the actualization of the academic values articulated in the Five Foci. Second is the broader role of the college as an organization serving the public interest. This interest is represented most importantly by Evergreen graduates actively contributing to the public good, but also in the aspiration that the institution function as a good citizen, operating and contributing more broadly according to the values expressed in the mission.
For more information about Evergreen’s mission and core themes, see the Year-One Accreditation Report.