Meet the CPPS Team

Principled Problem Solving

Our Story

Mission Statement: The Center for Principled Problem Solving equips Guilford students, individuals and organizations with principled decision making models and experiential learning opportunities, enabling them to work productively with others to make their communities and the world a more just and sustainable place.

The Center for Principled Problem Solving (CPPS) is an intentional community of teachers and learners who seek to both understand and engage the world through the lenses of Guilford’s seven core values of community, diversity, equality, excellence, integrity, justice and stewardship. The CPPS provides opportunities and support for students, faculty and staff to use their knowledge, creativity, critical thinking and life experience to address problems at the campus, local and global levels. Since its inception, it has engaged students, faculty, staff members and alumni in projects, classes and events.

The PPS curriculum is a three-fold process of foundation, practice and application. It cultivates critical thinking and analysis grounded in the core values, applies it to case studies in the classroom, and then moves into the community to take on real problems that affect people’s quality of life.

Our Approach

Principled Problem Solving (PPS) is the practice of applying our Guilford College Core Values of Community, Diversity, Equality, Excellence, Integrity, Justice and Stewardship to real world problems and situations.

Principled Problem Solving is…

  • Interdisciplinary – looks at issues from a variety of angles
  • Experiential – puts theory into practice through action
  • Practical – develops tangible skills you can market to employers and graduate schools
  • Leadership – uses knowledge and experience to teach and empower others


In the fall of 2007, the College called for a campus-wide Principled Problem Solving (PPS) initiative. This initiative sought to strengthen the Guilford transformative educational experience by emphasizing the existence of PPS as a central theme in its academic programs. It can be seen as one thing that is shared throughout every classroom, within each student’s experience, in every meal, and from each department. Later in the same fall, the College established the Center for Principled Problem Solving to support the initiative and to promote and name that which is so essential to our College’s mission and functioning. 

Dan and Beth Mosca of Brown Summit, N.C., and parents of two Guilford alumni, made a $2.5 million challenge gift toward the goal of a $5 million endowment for the Center for Principled Problem Solving. Dan Mosca, retired president of AdvoCare, is a former chairman of the Board of Visitors and formerly a member of the Board of Trustees. The Moscas also served as chairs of the Parents’ Executive Council and Parent/Family Co-Chairs of the “Our Time in History” capital campaign, completed in 2002. The Moscas will match dollar-for-dollar contributions from all trustees, alumni, and friends of the College. Please visit Guilford’s giving page to make your contribution today.