The goals of the IU Southeast Common Experience are as follows:
- To cultivate critical thinking and ethical reasoning through a common intellectual conversation.
- To enhance student participation in the intellectual life of the campus by encouraging open discussion, civil discourse, and critical thinking about a common theme and text.
- To engage first-year students in a common intellectual experience.
- To strengthen the sense of community among the faculty, staff, and students at IU Southeast and with people from the local communities in the region.