Part 3 - Core Requirements
  

2.4  The institution has a clearly defined, comprehensive, and published mission statement that is specific to the institution and appropriate for higher education. The mission addresses teaching and learning and, where applicable, research and public service. (Institutional
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Narrative

The University of New Orleans has a clearly defined, comprehensive, and published mission statement that is specific to the institution and appropriate for higher education. Following is the current mission, scope and vision statement.

Mission

The University of New Orleans is a comprehensive urban research university committed to providing educational excellence to a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body. The University is one of the region's foremost public resources, offering a variety of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the region's industry, culture and economy. The University of New Orleans, as a global community asset, serves national and international students and enhances the quality of life in New Orleans, the state, the nation, and the world, by participating in a broad array of research, service learning, cultural and academic activities.

Scope

The University of New Orleans, as an urban research university, offers a number of challenging and in-demand programs, many of which are uniquely linked to the rich and vibrant city of New Orleans. The University of New Orleans grants baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees in academic colleges, including but not limited to: business administration, education and human development, engineering, liberal arts, and sciences, as well as interdisciplinary studies.

Vision

The University of New Orleans will be recognized as one of the preeminent urban research institutions in the nation, noted for its commitment to excellence in teaching and in student success; its location in a culturally vibrant city; its innovative and relevant undergraduate, graduate, professional and research programs; and its role as a primary engine of social, economic, intellectual and cultural development in the New Orleans region and beyond.

The current Mission Statement was revised by the Strategic Planning Committee in Fall 2013 as the first step toward developing a new five year Strategic Plan for years 2015-2020. The Strategic Planning Committee membership included representatives from central administration, college leadership, Faculty Senate, and community stakeholders. Following development by the committee, the Mission was submitted by the President to the University of Louisiana System which serves as the governing board for the university. As seen in the board minutes [Page: 3] , the Mission was approved on February 27, 2014.

Clearly Defined

The University of New Orleans has a clearly defined mission as a ”comprehensive urban research university”. Another manner in which UNO has a clearly defined mission is seen in the Louisiana Board of Regents Statement of Role and Scope [Page: 20] which reflects the University of New Orleans’ role in the system of higher education in Louisiana as described in the Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education in 2011 (revised in 2012). This document describes the manner by which the Louisiana Board of Regents (BOR) classifies public institutions of higher education into five categories: (1) comprehensive research universities, (2) specialized units, (3) statewide universities (4) regional universities, and (5) community and technical colleges.

The University of New Orleans is identified as one of three statewide institutions by the Louisiana Board of Regents. As seen in the Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education in Louisiana, the BOR defines statewide institutions as offering a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and masters’ levels, with selective offerings at the doctoral level. Research is selective in nature, focusing in those areas of graduate expertise. Typically, moderately selective admissions and higher tuition characterize the state university.

Addressing Teaching and Learning

Statements in the Mission such as “providing educational excellence”, “offers a number of challenging and in-demand programs”, “noted for its excellence in teaching and in student success” specifically address teaching and learning.

Addressing Research

Statements in the Mission such as “is a comprehensive urban research university”, “advancing shared knowledge” and “will be recognized as one of the preeminent urban research universities in the nation” specifically address research.

Addressing Public Service

Statements in the Mission such as “”as a global community asset”, “enhances the quality of life in New Orleans, the state, the nation, and the world”, “its role as a primary engine of social, economic, intellectual and cultural development in the New Orleans region and beyond” specifically address public service.

The statement “by participating in a broad array of research, service learning, cultural and academic activities” address teaching and learning, research and public service.

Comprehensive

In addition to the Mission, Scope and Vision statement adopted by UNO, the Louisiana Board of Regents provides a framework for the organization of the Mission statement when it is submitted as part of the development of the Master Plan (approximately every 10 years) that includes a description of the mission, audiences, the array of programs and services, and special programs and features. Following is the Mission Statement [Page: 72] included in the 2011 Master Plan:

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is a comprehensive university with a mission to educate undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of arts, sciences and professional programs and to conduct research in these fields. Admission to UNO is selective, based on courses completed and academic performance.

1. Audiences

UNO has a statewide mission and is responsible for serving:

a. Residents throughout the state, especially those of the greater New Orleans area who have excelled in high school and who are seeking a baccalaureate or graduate degree or continuing professional education;

b. Two-year college transfer students;

c. Employers, both public and private – especially in planning and environmental protection, engineering, and health care;

d. Economic development interests and entrepreneurs throughout the state;

e. Academic disciplines and the research community; and

f. Civic and cultural organizations of the region, and the area community, by providing a broad range of academic and cultural activities and public events.

2. Array of Programs and Services

a. A broad range of baccalaureate and master’s-level core arts and sciences programs appropriate to a comprehensive teaching and research university;

b. Baccalaureate and graduate programs in urban planning, communications, education, engineering, business, healthcare management, and hospitality administration;

c. Doctoral programs in a variety of arts, sciences and professional fields, including education, engineering, conservation biology, chemistry, psychology, political science, financial economics and urban studies;

d. Services designed to meet statewide economic development needs.

3. Special Programs/Features

a. The Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration, offering undergraduate and graduate preparation for management positions in the hospitality and tourism industry.

b. The nationally prominent Counselor Education doctorate, the only doctoral program in counselor education in the state of Louisiana.

c. Through the School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (NAME), UNO is one of a select few universities in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

d. Research institutes, centers and academic programs in hazards assessment, entertainment arts, nanomaterials, information assurance, bioinformatics, coastal science and restoration, creative writing, transportation, energy conservation, and information systems.

e. Outreach and adult education programs.

The Mission provided in the Board of Regents Master Plan was published shortly after the University of New Orleans transferred management boards from the Louisiana State University System to the University of Louisiana System.  The newly approved Mission, Scope and Vision statement will be provided as part of the Board of Regents Master Plan document when it is next revised.

Publication of Mission Statement

The University of New Orleans’ Mission, Scope and Vision statements are published on its website, in the catalog [Page: 176] , and in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconBoR_Master_PlanBoard of Regents Master Plan 2011, Revised in 2012
Document IconBoR_Master_Plan_Appendix_DBoard of Regents Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education in Louisiana
Document IconBoR_Master_Plan_Mission_StatementUniversity of New Orleans Mission Statement in Board of Regents Master Plan
Document IconStategic_Plan_Comm_MemberStrategic Plan Committee Members
Document IconUL_System_Board_Minutes_02_27_2014Documentation of University of Louisiana System approval of UNO Mission
Document IconUNO_2020_Strategic_Plan_MissionMission statement published in 2020 Strategic Plan
Document IconUNO_CatalogUniversity of New Orleans Catalog
Document IconUNO_Website_MissionMission statement published on website