Bringing Opportunities
    to the Communities



The goals and objectives of Sojourner Douglass College are:

  1. To provide quality individualized undergraduate and graduate programs in higher education leading to the baccalaureate and/or masters degree in the applied Arts and Sciences.

  2. To develop concepts and skills needed to assist communities in shaping qualities of direction and determination.
    A. To provide the community with the means of studying the total cultural milieu of its boundaries through institutionally sponsored research projects.
    B. To assist community, federal, state, and local agencies in diagnosing educational and training needs.
    C. To provide communities with the technical assistance necessary to create intervention models for the alleviation of articulated needs.
    D. To provide a model for community, institutional, and economic development through the establishment and operation of Sojourner Douglass College, an educational institution in partnership with the community.

  3. To assist urban and rural students in developing an awareness of and appreciation for the dynamics of diverse communities.
    A. To provide the opportunity for field placement and practice as an integral part of the student's academic program.
    B. To provide courses in cross cultural perspectives.
    C. To provide ongoing programs and activities including speakers, films, conferences, that represent in depth cultural perspectives.

  4. To provide, in a pluralistic environment, access to an opportunity for higher education to minority students throughout the state of Maryland and beyond.
    A. To provide admissions based on factors including, but not limited to, standard criteria, e.g., entrance exams, and grades.
    B. To provide admissions without regard to race, creed, sex, age or national origin.
    C. To extend the College's program and services to rural residents through the community learning center concept.
    D. To offer academic work of a compensatory nature to students demonstrating a need for such.
    E. To offer to the College's clientele specially designed counseling and advising services.
    F. To provide individualized learning strategies which reflect the student and institutional goals and objectives.

  5. To equip the student with concepts and skills for assisting communities in shaping qualities of direction and determination.
    A. To utilize problem solving approaches to learning and teaching.
    B. To implement a curriculum based on a philosophy of self determination.
    C. To provide environments in which the student may learn by doing.
    D. To provide the student with the opportunity to interface with various types of organizations, e.g., government, civic, community, and social agencies.

  6. To prepare the student to meet the requirements of his/her chosen profession.
    A. To provide the student with knowledge of licensing and certification requirements for his professional area.
    B. To provide the student with knowledge of codes of ethics associated with professions of choice.
    C. To provide core courses which examine and explore the requisite theories and concepts of a given professional area.
    D. To provide advanced courses in areas of concentration which synthesize theory and practice.

  7. To provide the techniques which will assist the student in developing skills in articulating and sharing learning.
    A. To provide learning strategies basic to building communication skills.
    B. To provide a structured environment which encourages the student to articulate ideas and learning.

  8. To provide the setting in which the student can participate as a self directed learner.
    A. To provide program structures which encourage the student to assist in planning an academic program.
    B. To provide program structures which require the student to actively participate in implementing an academic program.
    C. To provide program structures which encourage continuous learning.

  9. To develop leaders with the capacity to apply theory to community problem solving.