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The New HU Mission Statement

September 2, 2009

Revised Howard University Mission Statement

Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students.  Moreover, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching, research and service, committed to the development of distinguished, historically aware, and compassionate graduates and to the discovery of solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world. With an abiding interest in both domestic and international affairs, the University is committed to continuing to produce leaders for America and the global community.

Howard University’s current mission statement

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private University providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Justification for the Change

In view of the changing imperatives in higher education and in the national and global climate, the mission of the University should be revisited periodically. The proposed refinement of the existing mission statement reflects: 1) a focus on students of high academic achievement and students with academic potential; 2) a complementary mix between teaching, research and service with a focus on the expectation that research must be an integral part of undergraduate, graduate, and professional education requirements; and 3) an adaptation to changing requirements and opportunities in an increasingly technological and global society.

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