its founding, Ohio Wesleyan has maintained its connection with the
Methodist (now United Methodist) Church, offering a quality of scholarship,
leadership, and service that has enriched both Church and society.
Its charter provided that the University is forever to
be conducted on the most liberal principles, accessible to all
religious denominations, and designed for the benefit of our citizens
in general. In the spirit of this heritage, the
University defines itself as a community of teachers and students
devoted to the free pursuit of truth. It attempts
to develop in its students qualities of intellect and character
that will be useful no matter what they choose to
do in later life.
Ohio Wesleyan judges itself successful when
it has accomplished three objectives in its work with students:
The first is to impart knowledge. The second
major objective is to develop and enhance certain important capabilities
of students, including the foundation skills of reading, writing, and
quantitative analysis. The third objective is to place education
in the context of values.
To the extent that Ohio
Wesleyan educates liberally, it fulfills its ultimate purpose of equipping
students with knowledge, competence, and character for leadership, service, and
continued learning in a complex and increasingly global society.