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My question here stems from a lack of idiomatic phrase knowledge.

Let me proceed with an example. I am looking for a suitable verb for the sentence below:

As a university taking the 21st century requirements into account, our mission is to __________________ students who can think critically .......

I came up with this sentence for the sake of an example only, but I think I've made my point clear: What do schools do? Do they produce students? I know they educate them but I am not sure if it quite corresponds to what I am trying to say here. I want to convey the meaning of a student's graduating (from) a school with the school itself being the subject. To be more precise, does a school graduate students, too?

In Turkish, schools literally "raise" students just like parents raising children. Would it make any sense if I used it in English?

Thank you!

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    Schools are often said to churn out students, but that’s hardly suitable in this context since it’s rather negative in tone – it sees the school as a kind of factory that just spits out students as if on a conveyor belt. Raise definitely doesn’t work, but I don’t really think there’s one specific verb that’s particularly idiomatic here. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 18 at 7:41
  • So, to be clear, you are looking for the best word that is synonymous with our mission is to graduate students? That's what you imply in the second-last paragraph. But it's not clear from the title of your question if that's the sense you're really after. – Jason Bassford Apr 18 at 9:17
  • Thank you both! I think "churn out" covers my meaning here. If only it didn't have a negative vibe to it... I guess I can use "graduate" anytime but I am looking for the best option and really good alternatives because I'm translating a university's website and want to sound as natural as I can. – A.K. Apr 18 at 9:23
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This one seems popular:

[...] our mission is to develop students [...]

The first Google hits:

Our mission is to develop students, staff, families, and parishioners in Gospel living through experiential learning.

Our mission is to develop students who are equipped to be well-rounded, ethical leaders in ...

Our mission is to develop students as life long learners through a balanced ...

Our mission is to develop students who are active in their learning, aware of their interests, and who seek to expand and explore their knowledge through ...

Our mission is to develop students who are committed disciples of Jesus Christ through an excellent, comprehensive, Biblically-integrated educational program.

Our mission is to develop students as Master Learners who are able to think on their ...

Our mission is to develop [students] with ...

Our mission is to develop students who are independent and ...

Our mission is to develop students who are active in their learning, aware of their interests, and who seek to expand and explore ...

Our mission is to develop students who make an active contribution as they ...

  • Crikey, that sounds like awful marketing speak. I’m not surprised schools have taken to using it! – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 18 at 15:17
  • I’m against the missionary position myself. – David Apr 19 at 18:27

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