This component of the University is comprised of all academic departments and support offices and is responsible for maintaining the highest quality learning experience for Daemen students. An integral part of this commitment to excellence in student learning is the dedication to implementing the University's mission statement. To fulfill its mission, Academic Affairs constantly explores the proper balance between substantial innovation and important traditions. These offices and departments provide the leadership for the development of academic programs that carefully integrate a core curriculum emphasizing select skills and competencies with a major area of study to enable students to live productive and rewarding intellectual, personal, professional and civic lives.
Academic Affairs accomplishes its goal of graduating students ready to meet the profound challenges of life by providing a learning experience centered on the individual student. Students work with faculty to realize dreams, to cultivate the intellectual and practical skills necessary for personal fulfillment and professional success, and to develop a sense of responsibility for the health and well-being of the local, national, and global societies in which they live.
Daemen University recognizes that education needs to be more agile if it is to help prepare students for professional, intellectual, and civic leadership. Key to its approach is the Core Curriculum, an exceptional and multi-pronged approach to providing students with a liberal arts education. The core is a common educational experience for all students, regardless of major, and it is designed to strengthen the student's abilities to become intellectually curious, to acquire professional rewards, to become responsible citizens and to deal with change and ambiguity. The hallmark of the core experience is the seven competencies identified as essential - critical thinking and problem solving, literacy in information and multimedia technology, communication skills, affective awareness, moral and ethical discernment, contextual competency, and civic responsibility. These seven skill areas were created with the idea that in today's world individuals need to be able to think in ways that integrate different approaches and cross disciplinary boundaries when solving problems.
Students are introduced to the mission of the university and the core competencies in their first year experience. The learning communities (LC) format adopted by Daemen University is one in which classes are grouped together on a particular issue or topic of common interest that faculty members believe to be significant, challenging, and of interest to students. In the LC classes, students finely tune the seven competencies as well as participate in service learning opportunities. This innovative approach to teaching allows faculty to engage students in activities that are both out in the community and on Daemen campus, such as the University's Academic Festival, a day reserved once a year for student presentations and a celebration of their work.
As students complete the core, they will have gained the skills and the ways of thinking that are commensurate with rapid change, solid thinking, and an ability to work well with a multicultural population. Honing these critical thinking skills fosters students' abilities to meet the challenges awaiting them as well as diminishes their tolerance for accepting simplistic answers. Linking the core curriculum with the myriad opportunities awaiting students in their years at Daemen University is just one way that Daemen University has met its mission and enhanced the education for all of its students. The mission of Daemen University is to prepare students for life and leadership in an increasingly complex world. Founded on the principle that education should elevate human dignity and foster civic responsibility and compassion, the university seeks to integrate the intellectual qualities acquired through study of the liberal arts with the education necessary for professional accomplishment. This integration which recognizes equal value in liberal studies and professional programs aims at preparing graduates who are dedicated to the health and well-being of both their local and global communities.