Alice Lloyd College

The Purpose Road

From the early days of Caney School, now Alice Lloyd College, The Purpose Road Philosophy was taught by Alice Lloyd and June Buchanan. It was originally created by George Herbert Palmer, a professor at Harvard University. Our founders’ burning desire was that each student would catch a vision of his or her purpose which would eventually manifest itself in world service.

Today, the ideals of The Purpose Road Philosophy permeate the educational process at Alice Lloyd College. All students work either on campus or in community outreach positions off-campus. Good character is emphasized and supported. Even our main street is named Purpose Road; side streets, which include names such as Conscience, Duty, Courage, and Consecration, serve to remind us of the importance of ethical living. A life of service to God and humanity is the desired result of one’s “walk” upon the Purpose Road.

Purpose Road Diagram

The Purpose Road Philosophy manual includes the following passage:

By an inexorable law,
What we expect tends to come to us.
Facing life in the right way, we must have

A Purpose
A Goal
A Vision.

Then hold the thought and work toward it.
It will come as dawns the day.

Upcoming Events


October 2015
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
September 27, 2015 September 28, 2015 September 29, 2015

ALC Blood Drive

Convocation: Entrepreneurship Seminar

September 30, 2015 October 1, 2015

Convocation: Breast Cancer Awareness

October 2, 2015 October 3, 2015
October 4, 2015 October 5, 2015

JBS 1st Quarter Grades Due

October 6, 2015 October 7, 2015

ALC Midterm Grades Due

JBS Science Fair

October 8, 2015 October 9, 2015

JBS Grandparent's Day

October 10, 2015

ALC Alumni Association Meeting

Appalachia Day Homecoming

October 11, 2015 October 12, 2015 October 13, 2015 October 14, 2015 October 15, 2015

ALC Fall Break (No Classes)

JBS Fall Break (No Classes)

October 16, 2015

ALC Fall Break (No Classes)

JBS Fall Break (No Classes)

October 17, 2015
October 18, 2015 October 19, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Week

October 20, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Week

Convocation: Substance/Alcohol Abuse Awareness

October 21, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Week

October 22, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Week

October 23, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Week

Fall Board Meeting

October 24, 2015

Fall Board Meeting

October 25, 2015 October 26, 2015 October 27, 2015 October 28, 2015 October 29, 2015

Convocation: Kunal Mehta

October 30, 2015 October 31, 2015