Mission Statement

Draft as of 12 April 2000

(Substantive changes are in italics.)

Centenary College of Louisiana is a selective liberal arts and sciences college offering undergraduate programs and limited number of graduate programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, which strengthen the foundation for students' personal lives and advance career goals. Students and faculty work together to build a community focused on ethical and intellectual development, respect and concern for human and spiritual values, and the joy of creativity and discovery.

Consistent with the traditions of the United Methodist Church, the College is a community of teachers and learners committed to developing the whole person by encouraging a lifelong dedication not only to learning but also to serving others. It further strives to overcome ignorance and intolerance; to examine ideas critically; to provide an understanding of the forces that have influenced the past, drive the present, and shape the future; and to cultivate integrity, intellectual and moral courage, responsibility, fairness, and compassion.

In pursuit of these ideals, the College consistently challenges its students to write and speak clearly; to read, listen, and think critically; to comprehend, interpret, and synthesize ideas; to analyze information qualitatively and quantitatively; to appreciate the diversity of human cultures; to value artistic expression; to recognize the importance of a healthy mind and body; and to understand the interdependence of people and the environment.

The Centenary community, through its academic and co-curricular programs, supports students of all faiths in their development and encourages them to become leaders in the work place, the community, the nation, and the world at large.

(Proposed by the Planning Committee on 12 April 2000)

Last updated 4 October 2000.

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