Chapter 8 Concludes the Paper

This literature review was written in the hopes that some of the information might help inform the transformation and forward look of AU as it seeks to become an institution whose future will be even more influential than its past. The areas of community, diversity, education, innovation, the whole person, and writing and research are just a few where research from the last three years can shed light on current and future practices and strategies. Through the combined application of some of these approaches, AU stands to move research and education forward by leaps and bounds. The research herein gives a deep and wide view towards the future of education within the university as well as some ideas for how to change the landscape of how research and synthesis are developed and created within AU. The research provided on community is applicable to AU through the use of synthesis and collaboration at every level throughout each school. When an open, sharing community of trust and unconditional positive regard is established, more can be done and shared because more people are more willing to strive together toward goals that matter. The community is buoyed by diversity since more and different worldviews can contribute to more and better understanding. Building a bridge between students and faculty through community and diversity serves only to enrich and grow the knowledge base and collaboration within AU. Also, viewing education through the eyes of forward thinkers will draw AU toward the future of education while leveraging innovations at every level. A combined effort of bringing together minds and hearts in community and using that community for innovation and education projection serves to move AU toward educating the whole person. The education of the whole person is all about understanding what a human being is and using every area of intelligence as well as the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual domains of humanity to further affect growth through mutual understanding in communication and collaboration. Finally, the foundation of everything come back to the writing and research practices held by AU’s faculty and how they use the same philosophy for the growth of their students. Through regular research and writing, faculty can continue the same conversations that have taken place in academia for centuries and add their own information to this conversation. By establishing and nourishing writing communities within AU, more and better information can be synthesized and used for teaching, publication, and foundational knowledge for future generations, not to speak of what richness can be delivered to students who can be brought into their own writing communities as well as those of the mentors who support them. Indeed the future of education at AU is very bright!


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