What Will Culture Quest Do for You?

Joining The University of Akron community begins the journey of a lifetime. Our faculty, students and staff are prepared to serve as your tour guides and mentors for this exciting and challenging intellectual adventure.

Our goal is to meet your where you are and help you connect classroom insights to real world problem solving, because this is the best way to ensure that your academic achievements result in personal and professional success after graduation.

We look forward to embarking together on the meaningful and attention-grabbing odyssey that is Culture Quest...CQ...a proud part of the Akron Experience.

Our collective efforts will enable you to create a portrait of yourself as a leader in your own life, an innovative entrepreneur, and a living illustration of the American dream supporting a family and contributing to communities in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Check out the Main Events for your Culture Quest at the CQ landing page!  Complete these main events in the semester indicated…or complete a semester of study abroad…and you have completed your first UA Culture Quest!

CQ Goals: Experience College Without Borders, an Adventure in Learning

CQ is designed to foster intellectual and literal border-crossings at the University of Akron…to work with faculty across campus interested in challenging our students to engage in learning as an exciting adventure in real world problem solving…to work with our entire community to encourage our students to experience college as a life-long quest without borders, an individual and shared journey to become a more globally aware, responsible, and productive democratic citizen.

CQ challenges us all to participate in a structured, co-curricular, and faculty-driven series of activities, ranging from lectures to study abroad, that are identified by the CQ Committee each year to enhance cross-disciplinary, internationally-focused, integrated and applied scholarly inquiry.

The Specific Goals of the Culture Quest are:

  • To encourage students to discover and explore meaningful connections between scholarly insights and real world problem solving through their sustained and active participation in selected lectures, exhibits, performances, and scientific talks;
  • To stimulate students to participate in events that will move them from more familiar communities to explore and experience intellectually challenging intersections with and within less familiar communities;
  • To transform campus culture by enhancing collaborations—among faculty, staff, students, and communities—that are concrete, cross-disciplinary, global and local.

How Will CQ Contribute to Improving Our Campus Culture?

As we work to create a climate for serious interdisciplinary and international intellectual engagement, CQ will, for instance, encourage a music major to improve her understanding of fracking through a Geology symposium, or field school experience.  Or a future teacher might deepen his appreciation for the challenges involved in teaching about race through Rethinking Race or experience more innovative approaches to teaching earth science from an inquiry-based presentation that is part of the STEMM Speaker Series

As we work to internationalize our campus and curriculum, CQ will, for instance, encourage a Biology student to learn about water pollution in China at a China Week presentation broadcast via DL from Beijing or explore connections between science and art at a Synapse exhibit or ballet at an EJ Thomas event.  

As we work to recognize diversity as a strength, CQ will encourage Muslim students from Saudi Arabia and Christian students from Uniontown, College Republicans and Democrats, volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, community elders and the AK Rowdies to all thoughtfully engage with each other as members of our campus community around the central scholarly questions driving the arts, sciences, and humanities today.

Culture Quest is About Relationships

The Akron Experience--and CQ in particular--begin with relationships. Faculty and student, campus and community, working as one to integrate a world class education with individual career aspirations. This is what will produce graduates prepared to excel as parents and breadwinners, scientists and public servants—in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

Our faculty, students and staff pledge that you will experience a vibrant and welcoming intellectual community at The University of Akron. We are all dedicated to igniting your passion and earning your trust by providing everything you will need, inside and outside of the classroom, to ensure real and lasting accomplishments here and for your entire lives as Zips.

Check out the Main Events for your Culture Quest at the CQ landing page!  Complete these main events in the semester indicated…or complete a semester of study abroad…and you have completed your first UA Culture Quest!

How Will Your CQ Fit into Your Akron Experience?

The transition into college life…and then from graduation into professional life…are both exciting and daunting for each of us.

Plato once said, “The beginning is everything.” Our challenge as a campus community is to ensure all of our faculty and students experience UA as a community from start to finish.  That means we are all ready and able to assist each other in our efforts to clearly articulate a pathway to success in our professional and personal lives.

Since student success is our success, it is imperative that faculty, students and staff work closely together to create a shared Akron Experience that challenges each of us intellectually. 

This experience must also provide the scaffolding needed for each student to take advantage of all of the resources here—like your culture quest—to support their lifelong journey as an Akron Zip.  As such, CQ will be a powerful opportunity to work with faculty and peers outside the classroom, testing your intellectual skills in real world applications together.

Check out the Main Events for your Culture Quest at the CQ landing page!  Complete these main events in the semester indicated…or complete a semester of study abroad…and you have completed your first UA Culture Quest!

Why Have UA Faculty Created Culture Quest?

We create CQ each semester because we are acutely aware that learning must be holistic, meeting each student where he or she is and assisting them in their own journey of discovery.

We work hard to effectively combine an unwavering commitment to outstanding educational programs, advising and support services, as well as a moral pledge to do all we can to connect student academic achievement with the professional and personal success of our students after graduation...

…and CQ is designed to do just this...

…an integrated cross-cultural educational experience centered in the intersection between the classroom and laboratory and community, a deeply engaged set of co-curricular activities that cross the arts and sciences and humanities, bring together faculty and students of various races and religions, nationalities and political perspectives to learn from each other how to build on our place in the Akron Zips global network to become leaders across the globe after graduation.

Your successful Akron Experience—including your CQ as a central piece—will provide our community and region, nation and world with a legion of graduates that will be innovators, entrepreneurs, workers, servant leaders, and difference-makers.

CQ and the Akron Experience do not end at graduation. As professional life begins, you will build on the interesting and illuminating, integrated and intentional learning and growth we call the Akron Experience. Once an Akron Zip, always an Akron Zip as the Akron Experience and your lifelong Culture Quest continues.

As the faculty and staff at UA we pledge to our students and to their parents and to ourselves as one community, to provide unselfish, coordinated efforts to ensure an extraordinary Akron Experience for every Akron Zip that starts today and lasts a lifetime...and one inescapably central component of that experience is your Culture Quest!

Check out the Main Events for your Culture Quest at the CQ landing page!  Complete these main events in the semester indicated…or complete a semester of study abroad…and you have completed your first UA Culture Quest!

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