La Salle University Statement of Mission
La Salle University is an independent, coeducational university founded in 1863 by the Christian Brothers, a Catholic order dedicated to teaching and career preparation. The University is committed to academic excellence and individualized attention in a values-based, inter-faith educational community.
La Salle University, dedicated in the traditions of the Christian Brothers to excellence in teaching and to concern for both ultimate values and for the individual values of its students, is a private Roman Catholic University committed to providing a liberal education of both general and specialized studies.
As a Catholic university, La Salle strives to offer, through effective teaching, quality education founded on the idea that one’s intellectual and spiritual development go hand in hand, complementing and fulfilling each other. The University has as its basic purpose the free search for truth by teaching its students the basic skills, knowledge, and values that they will need for a life of human dignity. The programs of the University also aim at preparing students for informed service and progressive leadership in their communities as well as fulfilling the immediate and final goals of their lives.
As a Christian Brothers university, La Salle continues in the Catholic traditions of the innovative educator St. John Baptist de La Salle, who founded the order. The University engages in programs in which students’ personal, social, and religious values may take root and in which students may grow in mature attitudes and behavior in all human relationships. The University strives to foster an environment of faith that produces a reciprocal respect among all persons in the community and to establishan atmosphere in which community members may openly bear witness to their convictions on world peace and social justice.
La Salle is committed to a liberal arts education that assists students in liberating themselves from narrow interests, prejudices, and perspectives, and in learning to observe reality with precision, to judge events and opinions critically and independently, to think logically, to communicate effectively, and to sharpen aesthetic perception. Students are encouraged to seek wisdom; that is, to grasp those basic principles that can give order to particular facts. The University urges students to confront the ultimate questions of human experience: Who am I? Where does my destiny lie? How am I to reach it?
La Salle goes well beyond simply preparing students for meaningful careers and success in graduate studies. The University provides graduates with the skills they need to have a positive impact on the social, political, professional, and moral challenges of contemporary society.