Statement of Purpose - Catalog 2012-13
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.
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 Indepenent 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.
Centre College pledges its continuing efforts to build and strengthen a community enriched by our differences and founded upon our common humanity. Centre values the individual's total character over any single characteristic, and respects the right of all members of the community to express their individuality in a manner that is consistent with the dignity and welfare of others. As a fundamental policy and in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other applicable non-descrimination laws, Centre College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran's status, or genetic information in its educational programs and activities, admissions, and with regard to employment. Centre College hires and promotes its employees and admits its students on the basis of merit, qualification, and character.