In this issue of Drury Magazine, we examine and celebrate generations – specifically the many generations of our Drury family. The roots of Drury’s family tree run deep, and this history – this strong foundation – is one of our greatest assets as a community, and an institution dedicated to transforming lives. I am enamored of and inspired by the dedication and works of the generations who have made Drury what it is today, including our current generation!
Through generations, the pace of change seems to accelerate with each passing year. Such change creates for each current generation unprecedented opportunity, and so it is for the Drury University family.
Drury always has been, and will remain, at the forefront of higher education – not just because it is our purpose or the right thing to do, but also because the higher education landscape itself has become so competitive. That trend, too, will only accelerate, and so Drury must remain competitive in order to continue to fulfill our mission to prepare graduates for an ever evolving, increasingly complex world.
At this moment, the Drury faculty is engaged in developing a new academic platform for the university that will differentiate Drury and position us for greater regional and national visibility. Through the generations, Drury has been at its best when it clearly articulates what it is that differentiates the Drury experience – the individualized “Findlay Plan” of the 1940s and the innovative GP21 program of the 1990s are two of the best examples from our past.
The new academic platform now in development will similarly be a promise to all Drury students that they will each have an academic experience that they can only get at Drury University. It will be true to Drury’s DNA, but it will include fresh elements that have been empirically tested so that we can be certain it will appeal to our students, our market. It will exemplify virtue and virtuosity – the cultivation of both character and career, both spirit and skill sets.
Pedagogies and teaching methods change over time, but the inherent value of a place like Drury is that we know there are some things that do not change. We know what is enduring: the free expression of ideas, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, critical evaluation of arguments, sound judgement in matters of ethics, the empathy to see the world through another’s eyes, and learning how to learn. These things transcend and tie together generations and are the roots that will continue to ground future generations of our Drury family tree.
To all of those who have come before us, all of us, and all of those to come, we express our heartfelt thanks and enduring gratitude for support of Drury University.
All my best to you,
J. Timothy Cloyd