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1926 Mission Statement

from "Long Island: The history of a relevant and responsive university, 1926-1968"
by Elliott S.M. Gatner (1974)

Long Island University's first published statement of its purpose was:

The broad aim of the College is to fit young men and women for life by the cultivation of trained intelligence.  Its work is designed, first, to lead the student to a broad outlook on the field of knowledge, with a view to intellectual enrichment and humanistic discipline; second, to give to each student, in at least one chosen subject of restricted range, the comprehensive, thorough, and fruitful training that is productive of personal efficiency and power.  The plan of study is designed to foster the habit of accurate observation,  power of concentrated attention, and capacity for calm deliberation and reasoned self-control as well as for efficient action; and, further, it seeks to stimulate a taste for continued study and to lead to acquaintance with the methods and resources of scholars.

It is conceived to be the main function of a college to provide the intellectual discipline that fits one to act with intelligence and well-balanced judgment in any field of endeavor, and to open the way to the culture that gives many-sided appreciation of the finer aspects of life and heightened enjoyment of its spiritual satisfactions.  At the same time, the curriculum is designed to meet the needs of foundational training for particular kinds of life-work, and to assist students in discovering their individual capacities and aptitudes.  College courses that incidentally serve these practical ends differ, however, from training of the narrowly technical and professional kind in keeping in the foreground the relation of such studies to the whole of life.  Subjects of a practical nature may be so treated as to stimulate the same breadth of interest, intellectual and moral, as do those studies whose immediate object is liberal education.

also from Gatner (1974):

In a statement to the press following his appointment as Dean of the new institution, Hardie elaborated upon Mr. Jonas' credo, declaring:

The College of Liberal Arts will be liberal in fact as well as in name.  It will exercise no discrimination because of race or creed, and the standards of its scholarship will be high.  It will serve both the student who wishes a four-year academic education and he who desires two years of collegiate work and a further education in a professional school.  Its aim is to provide a broad and sound education for all students and also to equip students for special fields that they desire to enter.