The quadrants represent four areas of importance in the educational experience of Truman students as espoused by our University Mission Statement:
The highest goals of a liberal arts education
are to ignite the individual’s curiosity about the natural and social
universe and then aid him or her in developing the skills and personal
resources to channel knowledge into productive, satisfying activity. In
pursuing these goals, the university seeks to cultivate in its students
These outcomes are included in the quadrants that make up the Out-of-Class Experience Planning Map.
Quadrant 2—Intellectual Competence and Reflective Judgment
“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.” Victor Hugo
result of what some people call the fruits of genius is in reality the
fruits of study and labor.” Alexander Hamilton
"Our life is what our thoughts make it."
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
A truly educated person recognizes
their own values, skills and abilities as well as their inconsistencies,
shortcomings, and mistakes. The development of character comes from the
consistent application of reflective judgment.
Quadrant 3 – Healthy Habits and Balanced Living
"To keep the lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it." Mother Teresa
"We ought to hear at least one little song every day, read a good poem, see a first-rate painting, and if possible speak a few sensible words." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to care
for his tools." Spanish proverb
Quadrant 3 involves those activities in which students engage that develop and express physical, emotional, spiritual, social as well as mental endowments. These pursuits assist in maintaining health and balance and lead to the development of lifelong habits of personal well-being. Activities in quadrant three help to ensure that we maintain a healthy balance and develop lifelong habits of personal well-being.
Quadrant 4 – Effective Leadership and Responsible Citizenship
“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.” John D. Rockefeller
only public good is that which assures the private good of the citizens.” Simone de Beauvoir
"He that would govern others, first should
be master of himself." Phillip Massinger
Higher education has a responsibility to train young people to make a positive contribution to their society. Activities that help students develop the knowledge, skill and experience to motivate and guide others are included. The responsibilities inherent in membership in local, national and world communities such as participation in the political process and volunteer service are also included in Quadrant 4 activities.
Responsible citizenship requires students to develop
attitudes and behaviors consistent with the effective functioning of a
democratic society. Effective leadership necessitates skills and knowledge
resulting in ethically influencing people and processes. The citizens and
leaders of tomorrow must understand the responsibilities inherent in
membership in a national and world community. Based on that understanding
they can meet the challenges they will face as citizens and leaders in the