ALI’s founding and continuing mission is:

"To establish a new stage of higher education, as a collaboration across disciplines and professions, that will deploy a new leadership force of experienced leaders transitioning from their income-earning years to their next years of service. To pioneer in life-long learning for late-stage learners who will use the knowledge to change society and its institutions, individually and collectively making a difference on global, national, and community problems.

To ensure that this mission of serving the world contributes to a great University for the future. To help shape and contribute to a growing body of knowledge about how to change society at the system or institutional level, through innovations that improve education, health, environmental stewardship, urban revitalization, human rights and access to justice, and other complex multi-stakeholder issues benefiting from leadership that can work across professions and disciplines."