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Mission, Goals, Objectives

University Mission

Long Island University was founded on the principle of educating and empowering men and women from all walks of life. Through our mission of Access and Excellence, the LIU community remains committed, above all else, to the educational needs and interests of our diverse student body. We strive to cultivate and expand academic, professional, artistic and co-curricular opportunities, enabling students to realize their full potential as ethically grounded, intellectually vigorous and socially responsible global citizens.

LIU Brooklyn Mission

Expressed in its still-relevant motto Urbi et Orbi, the mission of LIU since 1926 has been to open the doors of the city and the world to men and women of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds who wish to achieve the satisfaction of the educated life and to serve the public good. Its mission is to awaken, enlighten and expand the minds of its students.

Generation after generation, the students who have enrolled at LIU Brooklyn have come from varied, primarily urban backgrounds. Like their predecessors, many of today's students are new to America and new to the English language or are the first in their families to seek a university education. At LIU Brooklyn, all students find an academic community where cultural, ethnic, religious, racial, sexual, and individual differences are respected and where commonalities are affirmed. This requires the campus to be open and welcoming, even as it maintains respect for intellectual, cultural and academic traditions.

Nationally recruited, the faculty has a strong commitment to teaching, to personal advisement of students, to the fullest range of scholarship, and to faculty development and service.

LIU Brooklyn recognizes both the faculty’s training and experience and the character of its diverse student body as two of its greatest strengths and challenges. No matter what their background or generation, students come to LIU Brooklyn to build the educational and intellectual foundations for successful personal lives and careers. The Campus faculty and administration believe that a liberal education, along with careful preparation for a fulfilling career, is the best way to achieve this end.

To carry out its mission, LIU Brooklyn advanced courses for specialized knowledge and graduate programs in those areas in which it has developed strength or has a unique contribution to make. In addition, the Campus has designed programs to permit students to acquire essential literacies, intellectual curiosity, analytic and reasoning skills, and effective communication skills. In this way, the Campus serves as a conservator of knowledge, a source and promulgator of new knowledge, and a resource for the community it serves.

Campus Mission, Goals, and Objectives

No matter what their background or generation, students come to LIU Brooklyn to build the educational and intellectual foundations for successful personal lives and careers….In addition, the campus has designed programs to permit students to acquire essential reasoning skills and effective communication skills. In this way, the campus serves as a conservator of knowledge, a source and promulgator of new knowledge, and a resource for the community it serves.

Moreover, the new core satisfies the core curriculum goals, as stated in the Middle States Self-Study, 2003, and updated by the Core Curriculum Committee:

Goal 1: Cognitive skills: To help students strengthen their capacities for inquiry, abstract thinking, and critical analysis

The aim is to enhance students’ ability to:

a. understand, analyze, and interpret reading and other material critically
b. write organized, coherent discourse
c. speak organized, persuasive discourse
d. listen critically
e. research efficiently and knowledgeably
f. reason abstractly
g. interpret numerical data

Goal 2: Knowledge: To help students acquire a general understanding of a body of knowledge in a variety of content areas and a foundation for further in-depth knowledge

Students will be prepared to:

a. demonstrate knowledge and awareness of philosophical and ethical issues
b. demonstrate an understanding of literary genres and world literary schools
c. display an understanding of fundamental scientific and
mathematical concepts and an awareness of the impact of technology on society and the environment
d. identify and understand general historical trends in world civilizations and demonstrate familiarity with social science concepts and ideas

Goal 3: Perspectives and Behavior: To help students develop respect for both human commonalities and human diversity

To take responsibility for their choices and for their roles in society, student will be trained to:

a. gain historical and diverse perspectives (for example, scientific, aesthetic, social, etc.)
b. develop their ability to reflect on ethical issues and to develop a sense of ethical behavior

In addition, the proposed new core successfully integrates Information Literacy throughout the curriculum, thus insuring that graduates possess the ability to find, retrieve, evaluate, and use information effectively. Information Literacy, traditionally known as library research skills, is outlined by Middle States to include the following:

  1. The information-literate student (or the skilled researcher) is able to determine the nature and extent of the information needed.
  2. The information-literate student is able to access needed information effectively and efficiently.
  3. The information-literate student is able to evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
  4. The information-literate student is able to use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  5. The skilled researcher understands the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.