Mission & Vision
The mission of ECOLAS is to foster and disseminate the good practices necessary to sustain the teaching of the ideals and skills necessary for life-long learning and good citizenship inherent in the tradition of liberal arts and sciences education
ECOLAS will engage in a series of activities immediately that will help to begin to build its resource base. The first is to gather data concerning current initiatives in liberal education throughout Europe so that effective models can be made available. Information about specific programmes and links to additional sources of information will be stored on the ECOLAS website. The Executive Board, with the assistance of its advisory group will begin preparation of a brief manual outlining the objectives of liberal education, the range of opportunities for implementation within the Bologna guidelines, and examples of current initiatives, to be made available to interested parties in education, government, and the media. The Consortium will host an initial conference for educators on “Liberal Education in Europe” during the spring of 2008.
ECOLAS aims to become the leading source of expertise and experience in the realization of planning, implementation, and evaluation of programmes which adhere to the values of liberal learning. Initially it will focus attention on well-established universities throughout Europe seeking to introduce liberal arts programmes. Once fully established and primarily through the activity of its associates and partners, its website, publications and sponsored events, it will be a leader in facilitating the on-going dialogue among educators in undergraduate higher education so necessary to foster and sustain innovation. Ultimately it aspires as its most important contribution to provide the ways and means by which clear European criteria and standards of excellence for liberal learning initiatives within the EU can be established and evaluated.