What exactly does “progressive education” mean? At AULA, a progressive education is one in which instructors are leading experts in their field, providing students with personalized attention to help them reach their goals. It’s one that embraces each student as an individual, rejecting a one-size-fits-all mentality in favor of a customized, creative approach to learning. And it’s one that challenges students in every program to use the skills and tools they acquire here in service to social, environmental, and economic justice.
Progressive education means that students aren’t considered empty vessels to be filled with prescribed information. Our adult learners are expected to use their critical thinking skills to assess and evaluate conventional wisdom, and to develop innovative, out-of-the-box solutions to today’s problems. Our learning environment is collaborative rather than competitive; students support one another, gaining insight from the experiences and wisdom of their peers. At AULA, you will find progressive thought at every turn, from our roots in social justice to our cutting-edge curricula to our student-centered approach to education.