Statement of Purpose
Centre College is a small, independent, and selective educational community dedicated to study in the liberal arts as a means to develop the intellectual, personal, and moral potential of its students. Centre nurtures in its students the ability to think logically and critically, to work creatively, to analyze and compare values, and to write and speak with clarity and grace. It acquaints students with the range of accomplishments of the human mind and spirit in a variety of arts and theoretical disciplines. It enables students to choose and fulfill significant responsibilities in society. In short, Centre’s highest priority is to prepare its students for lives of learning, leadership, and service.
A long and rich tradition of tolerance, freedom of enquiry, and community informs all aspects of college life. Centre accomplishes its goals in an atmosphere of caring and respectful relationships among faculty, students, and staff, aided by its broadly conceived, nonsectarian, Judeo-Christian heritage. This tradition commits Centre to a belief in the unconditional value of each human being, to an appreciation of the differences among people, and to a recognition of the close connection between responsible self-development and community well-being.
Accreditation and Memberships
Centre College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone number 404.679.4501) to award the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Science degree. It also holds membership in the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Associated Colleges of the South, the College Board, the American Council on Education, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division III). We are associated with the Presbyterian Church through a formal covenant with the Synod of Living Waters.
Services for the Disabled at Centre
Centre College is committed to fostering respect for the diversity of the College community and the individual rights of each member of that community. In this spirit, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and expanded by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Centre College seeks to provide disabled students with the support services and other reasonable accommodations needed to ensure equal access to the programs and activities of the College. While the College provides a number of services to support the academic work of all its students, this statement outlines a variety of additional services provided specifically to students with mobility, visual, hearing, or learning disabilities.
Support services for students at Centre College with disabilities are coordinated by the Assistant Dean for Advising. The Assistant Dean counsels individual students to determine appropriate accommodations and identify resources, and is also available to consult with faculty members.
All incoming students are invited to complete a confidential special-needs information form. On the basis of this form and appropriate, current documentation, the Assistant Dean speaks with students who have identified their needs, determines the appropriate services, and contacts relevant faculty and staff. Arrangements for services, equipment, modification of course material, classroom, and other reasonable accommodations may require several weeks’ advance notice. Applicants requiring special services are encouraged to contact the Assistant Dean immediately upon acceptance to make timely provision of needed services possible.
Students with a documented disability requiring special housing considerations complete the Special Housing Request form available at Parsons Health Center. This form requires specific documentation from the student and the student’s clinician in order to be considered. Consideration of special housing accommodations may take several weeks to process so advanced notice and attention to deadlines is a necessity. Academic modifications vary according to individual need and preference, as well as course content and mode of teaching. Students are expected to discuss arrangements that might be necessary with their professors at the beginning of each term. The office of the Assistant Dean for Advising is prepared to assist both students and faculty members in making such accommodations.
Services for the Learning Disabled
Students with documented learning disabilities may receive support in a variety of ways, depending on the specific nature of the disability. A student who requests accommodation on the basis of a learning disability is required to submit the diagnostic report and educational recommendations of a certified professional in the field of learning disabilities. What constitutes reasonable accommodation for a learning-disabled student is a highly individualized matter and must be determined in consultation between the Assistant Dean for Advising, the student and the student’s faculty members. The Assistant Dean is available to consult with faculty regarding the student’s learning needs and recommended accommodations.