I have always loved this chap's surname. I just do. No good reason, just the sound of it. In any case, Alexander Meiklejohn was quoted as follows by Laurence Veysey in his book entitled The Emergence of the American University; the quotation comes from Meiklejohn's 1908 piece "College Education and the moral ideal). As he puts it, the aim of the American college
"Is not primarily to teach the forms of living, not primarily to give practice in the art of living, but rather to broaden and deepen insight into life itself, to open up hte riches of human experience, of literature, of nature, of art, of religion, of philosophy, of human relations, social, economic, political, to arouse a understanding and appreciation of these, so that life may be fuller and richer in content; in a word, the primary function of the American college is the arousing of interests. (Quoted by Veysey, pp. 210-211).
Who was Meiklejohn? A philosopher. A college president. And, the composer of these words. In various biographies, one will also find that he is also all about free speech. Try this one from Brown University where he once served as Dean.