Mission and Objectives

Advancement at Evergreen includes Development, Alumni Programs and Advancement Services. Our division fosters mutually beneficial relationships with donors, alumni and friends. In partnership with The Evergreen State College Foundation, the division raises private financial support, manages and invests those resources, and distributes them to college programs in accordance with donor interests and institutional priorities. A comprehensive alumni relations program promotes lifelong meaningful connections among alumni, students and Evergreen.

Evergreen's Unsoeld Seminar features author Frances Moore Lappé

Diet for a Small Planet author explores keys to strong democracy Best-selling author and social change activist Frances Moore Lappé will speak at The Evergreen State College as a part of the Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in the college’s Longhouse Center. Lappé’s presentation is titled Democracy's Edge – How to take back the America we love. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted to support the Willi Unsoeld Seminar Endowment. Lappé currently leads the Small Planet Institute in Cambridge, Mass. along with her daughter Anna.

Faculty Member Receives $650,000 Grant to Study Impact of Global Warming on Ecosystem Health - and Bugs

John "Jack" Longino – a faculty member at The Evergreen State College and a nationally known expert on insects – has been awarded a five-year, $649,371 grant from the National Science Foundation. As principal investigator, Longino will lead a study to find new insect species and to explore the possible effects of global warming on insect diversity.

"I'm elated," Longino said from a research station in Costa Rica. "This important work will help us understand the basic cataloging of life. Each of these new species is like an unread book."

Evergreen’s Social Contract

A central focus of those values is freedom—freedom to explore ideas and to discuss those ideas in both speech and print; freedom from reprisal for voicing concerns and beliefs, no matter how unpopular. It's this freedom that is so necessary in a vibrant, dynamic learning community.

Evergreen’s National Reputation

This is a sample of recent acclaim that distinguishes Evergreen as one of the best colleges in the United States.

Fiske Guide to Colleges Praises Evergreen as a Best Buy

For 30 years, the Fiske Guide has compiled an annual list of select educational institutions noted for quality academic offerings and affordable cost. Evergreen was one of only 44 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain that made Fiske’s 2017 “Best Buy” list.

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.)

The Five Foci of Learning

  1. Interdisciplinary Study

    Students learn to pull together ideas and concepts from many subject areas, which enables them to tackle real-world issues in all their complexity.

  2. Collaborative Learning

    Students develop knowledge and skills through shared learning, rather than learning in isolation and in competition with others.

  3. Learning Across Significant Differences

    Students learn to recognize, respect and bridge differences—critical skills in an increasingly diverse world.

Six Expectations of an Evergreen Graduate

  1. Articulate and assume responsibility for your own work.

    A successful Evergreen graduate will know how to work well with others, not only in the workplace or social contexts, but as an active participant in the struggle for a more just world. You will assume responsibility for your actions as an individual and exercise power responsibly and effectively.


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