Philosophy and Mission

Living University is a Christian institution of higher learning, founded at Charlotte, North Carolina, as a faith-based theological institution. We seek to provide an educational setting that furthers personality and character development by directing all aspects of student life toward a student’s intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and emotional development. The University is coeducational, committed to the development of the whole person by educating men and women in the skills, concepts and values that lead to success in life, while helping them prepare for leadership and worthwhile service to God and humanity.

Our Educational Philosophy

We believe that the mission of Living University, a church-related institution sponsored by the Living Church of God, is that of teaching with a focus on facilitating the development of the whole person for Christian leadership and service. To this end:

  • We hold that it is the primary purpose of the University to provide programs of formal instruction, research, public service, and other learning opportunities, with sufficient diversity to be relevant to the changing needs of the individual, the Church, and society; and
  • We hold that the University, as it endeavors to realize excellence in instruction and other learning opportunities, should seek to provide meritorious programs of research and public service adequate to support this underlying purpose.

We also believe that fundamental to the accomplishment of its mission the University must foster a profound dedication to the search for and dissemination of truth. To this end:

  • We hold that the University should provide a learning environment that stimulates and promotes intellectual curiosity, supplies the tools to transform information into knowledge and understanding, arouses the social and moral conscience of its students and cultivates in them a willingness to respond to the global needs of mankind;
  • We hold that faculty members, staff, students, administrators, and regents should be committed to and supported in their pursuit of knowledge, evidence, and truth;
  • We hold that the University, like numerous other church-related institutions of higher learning, should consider and forthrightly teach that the Bible presents the essence of spiritual truth;
  • We assert, in harmony with the long-standing practice of church-related institutions of higher leaning, that the University should carry on its educational work in terms of this belief in the validity of the biblical message; and
  • We hold that these principles impose a special trust upon the faculty, individually and collectively, as educational officers of the University.

We further believe that Living University, as it endeavors to fulfill its underlying mission of instruction with efficiency and accountability, should seek to achieve the following ends:

  • To pursue excellence in instruction and other learning opportunities in an environment of scholarship, innovation, culture, academic freedom, and devotion to true values;
  • To enhance the individual development of character, personality, and true values by fostering and maintaining an academic community emphasizing moral, social, ethical, cultural, and spiritual standards;
  • To provide undergraduate curricula as the University has competency and resources;
  • To make available academic advisement and counseling that will aid individuals, according to their personal needs and motivation, in identifying and achieving their educational goals;
  • To extend equal educational and related opportunities to a diversity of qualified individuals, regardless of race, sex or ethnic background, from local, national, and international communities; and
  • To provide ministerial education for those called for service as ordained or full-time ministers of the Living Church of God and relevant learning opportunities for all called to be spiritual pillars in the Church and community.

Our Mission

The mission of Living University as a Christian institution of higher learning is to provide programs of formal instruction and other learning opportunities, as well as meritorious programs of research and public service adequate to support its underlying charge of delivering instruction of sufficient diversity to be relevant to the changing needs of the individual, the Church, and society.

Living University seeks to provide primary and support programs which effectively and efficiently fulfill and promote the fulfillment of its mission.

Primary Programs

Specific objectives for institutional primary programs are:

  1. The University shall provide instruction at the associate and baccalaureate level in general education as well as in the arts and sciences, selected business and professional disciplines, and theology within the capacity of the institution’s resources;
  2. The University shall extend opportunity for course work in a distance learning format to the growing worldwide population of nontraditional learners;
  3. The University shall encourage those forms of research which promote the University's commitment to excellence in instruction and which support the current needs of the students and faculty; and
  4. The University shall engage in public service activities that make accessible its resources and capabilities for the specific purpose of meeting the needs of the Church as well as responding to a local need or assisting in resolving a local challenge in a manner consistent with the mission and purpose of the institution and furthering the growth and development of its students.

Support Programs

The further purpose of Living University is to provide support programs which effectively and efficiently fulfill and promote the primary programs of the University. Specific objectives for these support programs are the following.

Specific objectives for institutional support programs are:

  1. The University shall provide academic support through academic computing services, media services, graphics services, and ancillary services to assist faculty and students in instruction, research, and public service programs;
  2. The University shall provide library services to help meet the information needs of its students, faculty and staff and the Living Church of God international headquarters workforce by acquiring and providing access to materials in appropriate formats and in sufficient quantity, depth and diversity to support teaching, learning and basic research, and by preserving the textual tradition of the Living Church of God and its antecedent fellowships both in print and in electronic forms in an Archive and Special Collections Repository;
  3. The University shall provide student development services to enhance individual development of true values in character, personality, and leadership by fostering and emphasizing moral, social, ethical, cultural, and spiritual standards within the academic community;
  4. The University shall provide institutional support through executive management, fiscal operations, institutional research, administrative computer support, institutional advancement, and other services which coordinate to effectively promote and fulfill its mission;
  5. The University shall provide a physical plant operations program related to maintaining existing grounds and facilities, providing for utility services, and planning and designing future plant expansion and modification;
  6. The University shall provide funds for scholarships and grants-in-aid without discrimination to those students who demonstrate need, scholastic achievement, or meritorious achievement; and
  7. The University shall provide auxiliary enterprises as needed.