Policy 1103 - Mission Statement for Louisiana Tech University
Revision Date: 9/13/2011
Original Effective Date: 10/2001
Responsible Office: Office of the President
Reference: Strategic Planning Committee Administrative and Planning Council
Role, Scope, and Mission Statement Louisiana Tech University
Source: Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education: 2008
Board of Regents
State of Louisiana
Louisiana Tech University recognizes its threefold obligation to advance the state of knowledge, to disseminate knowledge, and to provide strong outreach and service programs and activities. To fulfill its obligations, the university will maintain a strong research, creative environment, and intellectual environment that encourages the development and application of knowledge. Recognizing that service is an important function of every university, the Louisiana Tech provides outreach programs and activities to meet the needs of the region and the state.
Louisiana Tech views graduate study and research as integral to the university's purpose. Committed to graduate education through the doctorate, it will conduct research appropriate to the level of academic programs offered and will have a defined ratio of undergraduate to graduate enrollment. Doctoral programs will continue to focus on fields of study in which the University has the ability to achieve national competitiveness or to respond to specific state or regional needs. As such, Louisiana Tech will provide leadership for the region's engineering, science and business innovation.
Louisiana Tech is categorized as an SREB Four-Year 2 institution, as a Carnegie Research University/High Research, and as a COC/SACS Level VI institution. Louisiana Tech will not offer associate degree programs. The university maintains defined standards for admission. Louisiana Tech is located in Region VII.
MISSION - Louisiana Tech University
Louisiana Tech University is a comprehensive public university committed to quality in teaching, research, creative activity, public service, and economic development. A selective admissions university, it offers a broad range of fully accredited undergraduate degrees to qualified students in Louisiana, as well as from the region, the nation, and foreign countries. Integral to the purpose of the University is its expanding commitment to graduate-level and interdisciplinary education in its areas of strength. Louisiana Tech offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas and doctoral programs in areas of specified expertise.
Louisiana Tech maintains, as its highest priority, the education of its students. To that end, it recruits a faculty committed to teaching and advising, a student-oriented faculty dedicated to preparing students to achieve their goals in a rapidly changing economic and civic environment. The University provides, in a challenging, yet safe and supportive environment, extra-curricular and athletic programs that foster and enrich the development of its students. In addition, it provides opportunities for interaction between students and the larger business and civic community. The University encourages its students to regard learning as a lifelong process.
Recognizing that research and service are fundamental to its mission, Louisiana Tech recruits and retains a faculty who see research and teaching as intertwined, complementary, and interdisciplinary and who, through both theoretical and applied research and creative activities, contribute to the development of new knowledge, new art, and new technology.
Louisiana Tech University understands its community and civic obligations. Through on-campus learning, through its off-campus presence, through outreach programs and continuing education, the University will continue to enhance the quality of life and the economic development of the region, state, and nation.
As a university with a rich engineering heritage, Louisiana Tech has a special responsibility to integrate advanced technology into teaching and learning. At Tech, advanced technology supports quality teaching, research, administration, and service. The University is committed to providing its students with the advanced technological skills that will help to ensure their success both in the internal environment of the University and in the wider surrounding community.