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    Saybrook University
  Mar 21, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Mission and Values


Mission Statement

Saybrook University provides rigorous graduate education that inspires transformational change in individuals, organizations, and communities, toward a just, humane, and sustainable world.

Core Principles and Values

  1. We value life and embrace our responsibility to facilitate the potential of every living being to thrive in a just, inclusive, healthy and sustainable world.
  2. We are scholar-practitioners who seek and apply knowledge to solve problems and foster social transformation.
  3. We live and conduct our affairs with integrity. We hold ourselves accountable for honoring commitments to ourselves and to one another, to Saybrook University, and to the constituencies and communities within which we live and work, including the natural world.
  4. We insist upon operational and academic rigor in order to provide an exceptional educational experience for you.
  5. We seek diversity because we recognize that there are many ways of knowing and there are inherent strengths in multiple perspectives.
  6. We approach what we do with a system, or holistic, perspective based on a belief in the inherent interconnection of all things.
  7. We create relationships and communities built on compassion, respect, authentic voice, deep listening, reflective awareness, support and challenge leading to responsible action.
  8. We are creative, risk-taking leaders who challenge assumptions and imagine new possibilities.
  9. We recognize that dynamic tensions and fundamental paradoxes are essential aspects of being human and we commit to find ways to work with them productively.
  10. We celebrate life, striving to bring fun and joy to our individual and collective existence.

Scholarship in Action

Saybrook University is committed not only to scholarship and research in addressing critical human issues, but also to action. It is our mission to help you turn theory into practice, capable of performing research and creating transformative change.

To meet the challenges we face as a society, we at Saybrook recognize that we must change not just our technology, but ourselves. Saybrook embraces the notion that education is more than just applied learning. It is also transformation, giving us a better view of who we are and what we can accomplish in the world.

Transformational education is not static, but a continuous process. To be educated, we must be “life-long learners.” Saybrook University is therefore dedicated to supporting its alumni along with its current students, offering them opportunities to continue their research, expand their work, and connect with other leaders in their field.

Learning Models

At Saybrook University we commit ourselves to scholarship and research in addressing critical human issues.

As a Saybrook student, you will undertake rigorous analysis and development of your ideas in search of new synergies and insights. Often this will take you outside of conventional wisdom. We encourage you to ask questions that push boundaries, provided you do so in a rigorous way. Excellent scholarship often involves asking uncomfortable questions.

Our approach to research is closely aligned with the human science perspective that there is no single privileged position from which to understand the human experience or the world around us. As such, Saybrook University embraces both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Phenomenological investigation, case studies, interviews, naturalistic observation, and hermeneutics provide critical insight that more traditional quantitative methods cannot. Effective use of such techniques are key to addressing many of the most complex problems of our time, and we will encourage you to utilize them to find the humanity behind statistics, charts, and graphs.

We value rigorous inquiry, analysis, evidence, clarity and integrity in scholarship and research. Through this engagement, you will develop an important foundation in critical thinking, disciplined inquiry, the generation of new ideas, and the ability to contribute creatively to an area of study.

Saybrook Pedagogy to Online Learning

Saybrook best practices for online learning takes into account both the faculty and learner roles in co-creating community in the Virtual Learning Environment. The elements of the best practices are; responsible use of communication, subject matter, qualitative focus, community/group dynamics, personal reflection/group dialogue, shared responsibility for learning, and skilled use of technology. Saybrook has used a high touch point approach to the acceptance and integration of these elements into our teaching culture. In addition to the humanistic values that guide this approach, there have been many technology changes in a short period of time that have necessitated this approach. Through this high touchpoint approach, Saybrook has evolved from its first online courses which were a heavy text based model, to interaction and images in all courses, with an increasing number of courses using multimedia, streaming audio/video and live audio/video, presentations, communication and discussion.