Election Season – A Time For Critical Thinking

Schutte-2-2011-bEach fall on the hill brings about new learning, beautiful sceneries, football and signs of winter. Every four years there is a slightly heightened energy on campus as we engage political discussions and prepare for changes in our nation. This year the political landscape is one fraught with controversy, animosity and difficult conversations. As our students prepare to elect our next president and for many the first time casting a vote, I have been encouraged by the conversations in class, in my office and on the sidewalk.

Jewell prides itself on developing critical thinkers.   When we think of critical thinking we can break it into two components. First the students must have the knowledge that generates beliefs and the skills to process the information that they receive and, second, they must develop the habit based on that intellectual commitment of using those skills to guide their behavior.   I am watching this unfold as students take in the good, the bad and the ugly of this election cycle and make decisions that fall on both sides of the aisle but are backed up by their ability to take in complex information, make decisions and let their behavior be guided by their process. I am encouraged by this generation of learners and thankful for their thoughtfulness.

Please take a moment to look through the articles in this issue of Jewell Business Today. From all of us in the Department of Business and Leadership, here is wishing our students, alumni and friends a happy, safe and productive autumn.

Sincerely,
Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership

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