In January, 1988, the Board of Trustees approved an expansion of educational options linked to supporting services at the University’s residential campuses. This integrative approach, known as The Long Island University Plan (LIU Plan), involves close collaboration among many segments of academic and advisement personnel. The primary goal of the LIU Plan is to help students develop a full sense of their own interests and abilities and to help them identify early the many resources the University provides as they begin to shape their education and their future.
Statement of Mission
The purpose of the LIU Plan is to provide students with a truly holistic approach to their academic, personal and professional development. Drawing on the university’s diverse campus life, the LIU Plan seeks to empower students to take charge of their education and lives through comprehensive academic advising, career counseling, and support programs within the Office of Student Development and Retention. Allowing students to work closely with a broad range of specialized advisers and counselors, the LIU Plan enables students to develop skills and talents that can lead to responsible, well-informed and successful lives.
Counseling: The Keystone
The LIU plan is tied together within the Office of Student Development and Retention by a multifaceted approach to student development that encompasses the unique needs of freshmen, sophomores and upperclassmen. First Year Programs emphasizes college readiness and community engagement throughout a multilayered transitional program for all entering freshmen that includes Freshman Advising, New Student Orientation and a variety of learning communities. Students are introduced to core requirement and major prerequisites as early as New Student Orientation, as well as the technological means to make their own well-informed academic decisions. Sophomore Year Programs continues to focus on academic success and major exploration while introducing students to the foundations of professional and personal development. Students entering professional programs may consult with Sophomore Year Counselors in preparing for the rigorous application process and all students are invited to participate in Sophomore Year Program’s signature service: the Scholarship Assistance Program. The Office of Career Services and Senior Year Advising focuses on the career readiness of all students as well as the crucial transitional needs of graduating seniors. Students can meet with a Career Counselor to help them identify their own career values, goals, interests and abilities. Juniors and Seniors can also meet with a counselor to receive assistance in navigating their degree audit and narrowing the path to graduation. Together, these counselors and advisers are dedicated to crafting individual plans for success to meet the individualized needs of all LIU students.
The Experience Factor
Through professional-level experience students learn much about themselves and their career options; therefore, the LIU Plan provides students with a wealth of experiential education opportunities. With the belief that undergraduate education is both enhanced and broadened by exposure to different settings, opportunities for internships, service learning and leadership development are designed to provide students with both challenge and variety. Consultation between campus departments and the Office of Student Development & Retention ensures students’ professional development and permits close linkages between work and life experiences with students’ academic growth. Workplace experience can also provide professional-level income to help with the costs of college; the opportunity to make valuable contact with major corporations, government, business and professional firms, and educational and cultural institutions; the credentials attractive both to prospective employers and graduate programs; and the chance to test a career field or investigate advanced study. Courses and workshops clustered around direct experience range from immersion-learning in Learning Communities at LIU Brooklyn to extended systematic exploration throughout the sophomore year and beyond, culminating in the Cooperative Education Program. In collaboration with First Year Programs and the Cooperative Education I: Career Readiness course, the Cooperative Education Program is an agency through which students are guided to personal accomplishment, professional mentoring, and preparation for the world of work. The experience with the Cooperative Education Program is extended throughout undergraduate studies to include leadership roles, whether through engagement in campus activities and clubs or through academic excellence and recognition by honors societies housed in various offices.
Essential Literacies and Academic Excellence
The best employers and graduate and professional schools look for qualities of the mind and imagination that distinguish independent thinkers and leaders. The LIU Plan seeks to develop essential literacies to assure students develop the financial, technological, academic, and life skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and as global citizens. The University encourages its students to take a long-range view of their own potential and to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to ensure a lifetime of personal growth and progress. Through its core curriculum, specialized advisement through the LIU Plan, skills training, and emphasis on experiential education, the University further seeks to prepare its students for the demands of conflicting arenas in a fast-moving and changing society.