Dean of the Faculty

Drafts of the Mission Statement


First draft:

The Mission of Amherst College

Terras irradient
“Let them give light to the world.”
1821

We honor our tradition by educating men and women of exceptional potential from all backgrounds to increase the sum of human knowledge and lead lives of consequence and ethical engagement. We seek intensity without insularity by joining the face-to-face accountability of a liberal arts college to the scholarly and artistic reach of a research institution. We believe that to prepare for citizenship in global society students must assume an unusual degree of responsibility in inquiry, in the extracurriculum, and in the self-governance of a small, vibrantly diverse community.

[Nov. 28, 2006]

 


Second draft:

The Mission of Amherst College

Terras irradient
“Let them give light to the world.”
1821

Amherst College educates men and women of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence.

At Amherst, undergraduate students work closely with each other and with faculty and staff who are committed to the highest standards of instruction in the liberal arts, and to the highest standards of scholarly, scientific, and artistic endeavor. Students assume an unusual degree of responsibility in inquiry, in the co-curriculum, and in the self-governance of this purposefully small and vibrantly diverse community.

From its founding, Amherst has been committed to bringing together the most promising students, whatever their financial means. For nearly two centuries, its graduates have linked education with leadership—in service to the College, to their communities, and to the world beyond.

[Jan. 28, 2007]

 


Current Draft