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The Case for Values-based Learning

This week some of our Northwood team members attended a seminar about an upcoming ballot issue in Michigan. The session was a good way to share information about a critical topic for the state, and as importantly it served as a good reminder of our civic responsibility to learn about and be involved in matters affecting our communities. The principle of civic responsibility is central to the Northwood Idea. We consider it vital for lifelong learners to view their world as being much larger, encouraging them to understand and explore topics that affect not just their personal lives but the community and our greater society.

We work hard to model responsibility and our other core beliefs including accountability, involvement and values-based decision-making. Learning about the Michigan ballot vote is one. Experiential learning is another. Just recently a group of Northwood University students competed at the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League's state tournament, taking third place. This was a student-initiated activity and a wonderful demonstration of how ambition and motivation can to lead to exciting outcomes.

We also strive to offer varied campus-based events for our students. During the week of April 6th, we will hold our annual Northwood University Freedom Seminar, a symposium on the free enterprise system. As our students come together with distinguished academic and policy leaders, they will experience democratic values as they are played out in real life. And they learn anew how The Northwood Idea applies to the opportunities and challenges of today.

Our desire is that our students take the ideas from this seminar, and all of their values-based learning opportunities, into the world as they become our leaders of tomorrow.

Enjoy the Easter holiday.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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