About Us

 
Tuskegee University is an independent and state-related institution of higher education.  Its programs serve a student body that is coeducational as well as racially, ethnically and religiously diverse.

 


University Mission

Tuskegee University is a national, independent, and state-related institution of higher learning that is located in the State of Alabama.  The University has distinctive strengths in the sciences, architecture, business, engineering, health, and other professions, all structured on solid foundations in the liberal arts.  In addition, the University's programs focus on nurturing the development of high-order intellectual and moral qualities among students and stress the connection between education and the highly trained leadership Americans need in general, especially for the work force of the 21st Century and beyond.  The results we seek are students whose technical, scientific, and professional prowess has been not only rigorously honed, but also sensitively oriented in ways that produce public-spirited graduates who are both competent and morally committed to public service with integrity and excellence.

The University is rooted in a history of successfully educating African Americans to understand themselves and their society against the background of their total cultural heritage and the promise of their individual and collective future.  The most important of the people we serve are our students.  Our overall purpose is to nurture and challenge them to grow to their fullest potential.  Serving their needs is the principal reason for our existence.  A major outcome we seek is to prepare them to play effective professional and leadership roles in society and to become productive citizens in the national and world community.  Tuskegee University continues to be dedicated to these broad aims.

Over the past century, various social and historical changes have transformed this institution into a comprehensive and diverse place of learning whose fundamental purpose is to develop leadership, knowledge, and service for a global society.  Committed deeply to academic excellence, the University admits highly talented students of character and challenges them to reach their highest potential.  The University also believes strongly in equality of opportunity and recognizes that exquisite talent is often hidden in students whose finest development requires unusual educational, personal, and financial reinforcement.  The University actively invites a diversity of talented students, staff, and faculty from all racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds to participate in this educational enterprise.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY'S MISSION

Instruction:

  • We focus on education as a continuing process and lifelong endeavor for all people.
  • We provide a high quality core experience in the liberal arts.
  • We develop superior technical, scientific, and professional education with a career orientation.
  • We stress the relationship between education and employment, between what students learn and the changing needs of a global workforce.

Research:

  • We preserve, refine, and develop further the bodies of knowledge already discovered.
  • We discover new knowledge for the continued growth of individuals and society and for the enrichment of the University's instructional and service programs.
  • We develop applications of knowledge to help resolve problems of modern society.

Service:

  • We serve the global society as well as the regional and campus community and beyond through the development of outreach programs that are compatible with the University's educational mission, that improve understanding of community problems, and that help develop relevant alternative solutions.
  • We engage in outreach activities to assist in the development of communities as learning societies.

LAND GRANT MISSION

The above three elements of mission, together with certain acts of the United States Congress and the State of Alabama, define Tuskegee University as a land grant institution. Originally focused primarily on agriculture, the University's land-grant function is currently a generic one that embraces a wide spectrum of liberal arts, scientific, and technical and professional programs.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

A strong liberal arts program with a core curriculum is provided for all undergraduate students, enabling them to prepare for the mastery of humanities, sciences, technical and professional areas.

The more specific aims of the undergraduate program are to:

  • Present the process of education as a lifelong experience;
  • Insure that students have a strong grasp of language usage-written and oral, mathematical as well as literary;
  • Deepen students' knowledge of history and the cultural heritage;
  • Develop students' sense of civic and socially responsible use of time and of knowledge;
  • Understand and appreciate the importance of moral and spiritual values to enable students to not only pursue careers but to lead lives that are personally satisfying and socially responsible; and
  • Equip students with strong research interests and skills and deep commitments to the professions.

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

The University provides graduate level instruction as well as research and training in post baccalaureate professional fields.  These programs seek to develop in students the ability to engage in independent and scholarly inquiry, a mastery of certain professional disciplines, and a capacity to make original contributions to various bodies of knowledge. Graduate degrees are offered only in selected fields of unusual University strength and opportunity.

SUMMARY

Tuskegee University accomplishes its central purpose of developing leadership, knowledge and service through its undergraduate, graduate, professional, research and outreach programs. Through these programs, students are encouraged not only to pursue careers but to be of service to society and to remain active lifetime learners.  The University seeks to instill a robust thirst for knowledge and a vibrant quest for wholesale patterns of personal and social ethics that have philosophical and spiritual depth. In the process, it seeks to help each student develop an appreciation for the finer traits of human personality, the beauty of the earth and the universe, and a personal commitment to the improvement of the human condition.

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