What is Academic Excellence?


From the Director of Curriculum

The focus of the Week 1 Academic assembly was Academic Excellence. To explore what this actually meant I, of course, Googled the concept and found some interesting reflections from the University of California which I shared with the students.

The University of California suggested that in order to cope with the rapidity with which knowledge itself changes, today’s student must seek to achieve academic excellence.
Academic excellence is defined as the demonstrated ability to perform, achieve, and/or excel in scholastic activities. Academic excellence has been identified with achieving high grades and superior performance.

But academic excellence is more than just making good grades. It is the maximum development of individual intellectual capacities and skills in service to humanity.
Achieving academic excellence is a process of both formal and informal education. Indeed, education is a limitless and unending process to be enjoyed for a lifetime.

They outlined the following suggestions to help achieve academic excellence:

  • Learn to use a library and use it often, since it offers a wealth of historical and current information which can greatly enhance classroom experiences and general understanding.
  • Develop self-confidence, persistence and leadership abilities.
  • Develop an attitude of social responsibility and an understanding of cultural and intellectual differences.
  • Learn efficient management of your time.
  • Attend lectures, concerts, art exhibits, theatrical performances, seminars, and other cultural activities whenever possible.
  • Get involved in a club or activity 
  • Assume leadership roles to develop qualities for success in future career endeavours.

What are the benefits of achieving academic excellence?

  • Making a meaningful contribution to society throughout your life.
  • Being competitive in the job market.
  • Being in a position to be of service to those with whom you interact.

To me, academic excellence is also about knowing you have done your best, you have worked to know, understand and to share learning with others. Although not every student receives an academic award, working towards academic excellence in whatever form that looks like for each individual student is important and a value that will hold them in good stead whatever their future might be.

Cathy Swain
Director of Curriculum


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