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Annual Report | 2009-10
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The Liberal Arts Come Alive  

With faculty and student achievements, enhanced facilities, innovative academic programs and a vibrant campus life, Eastern saw great progress in 2009–10 as it moved ahead to realize its vision to become a University of First Choice.

The University’s commitment to a liberal arts education continues to strengthen, with a focus on providing all Eastern students with a sequenced, interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. Experiential learning, both on and off campus, builds upon this classroom learning, providing students with opportunities to develop intellectually while learning to become leaders and engaged citizens.

This experiential learning initiative, known as “Liberal Arts Work!” in the 2008–13 Strategic Plan, is being developed as a graduation requirement for all students. Pre-professional experiences, such as undergraduate research, creative production, internships, co-ops or service learning, will help students apply theory to practice, clarify their career goals, develop their skills in real-world settings, and better prepare them for postgraduate work or studies.

In addition, the University’s core values of academic excellence, engagement, inclusion, integrity, empowerment and social responsibility continue to guide Eastern’s students, faculty and staff. 

As Eastern continues to implement its 2008–13 Strategic Plan, it is positioned for future success as Connecticut’s only public liberal arts university.