Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards

3.1.1  The mission statement is current and comprehensive, accurately guides the institution’s operations, is periodically reviewed and updated, is approved by the governing board, and is communicated to the institution’s constituencies. (Mission)

Partial Compliance


The mission of the University of New Orleans is articulated in a three part statement that includes: Mission, Scope, and Vision components. 

Mission is Current and Comprehensive

The Mission is current in that it was recently revised in 2013 in preparation for the development of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The Mission is comprehensive in that it addresses the three primary components of higher education: teaching, research and service.  The following statements from the Mission, Scope and Vision statements attest to the comprehensiveness of the University’s mission.

Extracts from Mission statement

is a comprehensive urban research university

offering a variety of world class research-based programs

advancing shared knowledge

adding to the region’s industry, culture and economy

participating in a broad array of research, service learning, cultural and academic activities

Extracts from Scope statement

offers a number of challenging and in-demand programs

grants baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees

Extracts from Vision statement

noted for its commitment to excellence in teaching and in student success

its role as a primary engine of social, economic, intellectual and cultural development

Mission Accurately Guides Operations

The Mission is a key basis upon which University operations are undertaken. The Mission was used to develop the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan which will guide the use of University resources over the next five years to meet six goals aligned with the University Mission. Alignment with University Mission is also being used as one of the seven criteria to evaluate each undergraduate and graduate academic program offered. As explained in Comprehensive Standard 3.10.1, the University is undertaking a comprehensive program review to determine those programs that should be eliminated in order to reinvest resources in other programs that better meet current academic, economic, and community needs.

Mission is Periodically Reviewed and Updated

The Mission has been recently reviewed and revised on two occasions. When Act 419 was passed in 2011 by the Louisiana Legislature, the Mission was revised in preparation for transferring governance of the University from the Louisiana State University System to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. As described above, the Mission was recently revised again to support the development of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The next scheduled period of review for the Mission will be in 2020 when the current Strategic Plan expires.

Mission is Approved by Governing Board

The revised Mission, Scope and Vision statement was approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors on February 27, 2014 [Page: 3] . In addition to approval by the governing board (the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors), the Louisiana Board of Regents provides a framework for the organization of the Mission statement for incorporation in the Master Plan which is compiled approximately every 10 years. The Board of Regents format [Page: 72] includes a description of the mission, audiences, the array of programs and services, and special programs and features of the University. The Board of Regents also designates the role of each higher education institution by assigning each to one of five categories. The University of New Orleans is designated as a “statewide” university. The latest Master Plan for Higher Education was authored in 2011 (and revised in 2012) and included the following Mission for the University of New Orleans:

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.

The University of New Orleans will submit a revised mission statement to the Board of Regents to be included in the next Master Plan. The timeline and format for submission will be determined by the Board of Regents. The mission statement will be submitted to the Board of Regents by the governing board, the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

Mission is Communicated to Constituencies

The Mission of the University of New Orleans is communicated to all constituencies. The Mission, Scope and Vision statement is published in the Catalog [Page: 176] and disseminated on the University website. The Mission is also included as part of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan which is also disseminated on the University website. The Mission was also disseminated to all faculty to assist in developing annual institutional effectiveness goals and to support the program review process now being completed by faculty.

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconACT_419Legislation moving UNO to University of Louisiana System
Document IconBoR_Master_PlanIncorporation of the University of New Orleans Mission within the Board of Regents Master Plan
Document IconBoR_Master_Plan_Mission_StatementUNO Mission Statement as reflected in Board of Regents Master Plan
Document IconProgram_Review_CriteriaMission included as a criterion for program review
Document IconUL_System_Board_Minutes_02_27_2014Documentation of University of Louisiana System approval of UNO Mission
Document IconUNO_CatalogUniversity of New Orleans Catalog
Document IconUNO_Mission_Scope_Vision_WebUniversity of New Orleans Mission, Scope and Vision on Webpage
Document IconUNO_Strategic_Plan_2015-2020University of New Orleans Strategic Plan: UNO 2020
Document IconUNO_Strategic_Plan_WebUniversity of New Orleans 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Disseminated on Website
Document IconUNO_Website_MissionMission statement published on website