To provide, as an independent, coeducational, and residentially-based
undergraduate college of national distinction, an education in the liberal
arts and sciences that is valued for its exceptional quality and its
See the diagram of the interdependencies of the "Vision for Bates"
- Bates will be understood and valued as a
learning community of distinction and excellence -- providing leadership
as one of the nation's finest undergraduate colleges.
- Bates will emphasize academic rigor and
achievement, an active faculty of teacher/scholars, superb programs, high
expectations of those who participate, the centrality of individual responsibility
for learning, and the dignity and value of difference.
- Bates will strengthen and build on its persisting
ethos and culture of engagement, as it encourages actions that will further
civility, trust, responsibility and service.
- The College will develop the connections
and integrating cohesion that give flexibility and vitality to the educational
opportunities that it provides -- local, global, academic, cocurricular,
and life enduring.
- Bates will be organized as a flexible, principled
residential community, valuing individuals and their interactions while
celebrating their common purpose and the connections of the College community
to the local area and to the world beyond.