We engage students in a transformative education through active learning, scholarly research, artistic expression, and the integration of rigorous academics with professional experience.
Our mission is to prepare socially responsible graduates with the knowledge, skills, understanding, and ethical judgment to be catalysts in shaping a more just, humane, and sustainable world. At the heart of every program are four core values that shape our approach to education and all that we do.
We are devoted to academic excellence through active teaching, engaged learning, and individual student development. We design and deliver innovative, interdisciplinary academic programs that value inspired teachers, curious learners, relevant scholarship, and real-life application.
Learning is an individual and collective endeavor that involves students, educators, families, and communities. We believe in the power of collaboration and its impact on personal and social development.
Our community respects, values, and benefits from the individual, demographic, and cultural differences of our students, faculty, and staff. As an academic community, our creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving approaches are shaped by this diversity. Through their varied learning experiences, Lesley students develop the tools to interact effectively with diverse populations and strive for social justice and equity.
Higher educational institutions have a responsibility to prepare their graduates to participate in the cultural, political, and economic life of their community, nation, and world. This democratic ideal is reflected in an academic environment that encourages scholarship, freedom of expression, and the open exchange of ideas.
"I highly recommend Lesley for those seeking professional enhancement. I obtained my Master of Science in Business Management through Lesley's satellite program. The night program was offered very near to my home which made it easy for me to attend while working full-time during the day. My fellow students came from a cross-section of Massachusetts businesses, each with a little different philosophy in dealing with day-to-day management issues. Their diverse backgrounds made every class a learning experience. Because many of our assignments used team approaches, I developed professional and personal relationships with many of those in my class. I remain in close contact with several of those people with whom I studied during my years at Lesley. It was a great experience and a fabulous program!"
— Richard Guinan, Alumnus
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Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016
Our mission, aspirations, and the current context of American higher education inform our long-term vision as well as our priorities for the next four years.