Policy 1103 – Vision and Mission Statements for Louisiana Tech University
Revision Date: 8/22/14
Original Effective Date: 10/2001
Responsible Office: Office of the President
Reference: Strategic Planning Committee Administrative and Planning Council
Louisiana Tech University will be recognized as a top public research university with an unparalleled integrated educational experience.
As a selective-admissions, comprehensive public university, Louisiana Tech is committed to quality in teaching, research, creative activity, public service, and workforce/economic development. Louisiana Tech maintains as its highest priority the education and development of its students in a challenging, yet safe and supportive, diverse community of learners.
ten·et (těn’ĭt) n. An opinion, doctrine, or principle held as being true by a person or especially by an organization.
A college or university is often defined by the traditions, values, and principles established by its leaders over the course of many years, and how effective those leaders were in infusing these concepts into the culture of the institution. Over time, these concepts become the cornerstone of the institution’s identity and the pillars upon which its mission and vision is built. They should also comprise a large part of the students’ personal character as well as serve as a guideline for future generations.
Louisiana Tech University has developed twelve guiding principles, or tenets, that exemplify the qualities that Tech students should possess upon graduating from this institution. It is expected that students will conduct themselves according to these tenets during their academic careers at Tech and, after graduating, continue to personify these tenets in their personal and professional lives. In essence, these tenets become more than ideas to be learned; they become a moral and an ethical compass with which to navigate through life.
The Tenets of Tech are as follows:
- Confidence (confisio) – A sense of self.
- Excellence (bonitas) – Appreciation for first-rate experiences.
- Commitment (commendo) – Accept responsibility as a citizen of the University.
- Knowledge (agnitio) – Understanding of ideas based on actual experiences.
- Integrity (integritas) – Ability to defend, evaluate, or question one’s own beliefs.
- Respect (adsurgo) – Acknowledgment of others’ beliefs through personal interactions.
- Leadership (ductus) – Guidance through service, involvement, and mentoring.
- Loyalty (fides) – Faithfulness to values, commitments, and responsibilities.
- Enthusiasm (studium) – Excitement for personal characteristics and future opportunities.
- Caring (affectus) – Affinity for beauty, performing arts, and human culture.
- Hope (spes) – Belief in future experiences and growth opportunities.
- Pride (spiritus) – A sense of self-respect.
…Nothing Less Will Do.
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 and diverse 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. Endorsing a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion, it recruits a faculty committed to teaching and advising, and a student-oriented faculty and staff dedicated to preparing students to achieve their goals in a rapidly changing economic and civic environment. The University provides, in a technology-rich and challenging, yet safe and supportive environment, academic and co-curricular experiences, extra-curricular activities, 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 through strategic partnerships with public and private industries. 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, service learning, 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.
Approved by the Strategic Planning Committee May 22, 2003
Approved by the Administrative and Planning Council July 23, 2003
Approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System February 27, 2004
Reaffirmed by the Administrative and Planning Council February 15, 2011
Revised November 14, 2013
Approved by the Administrative and Planning Council July 25, 2014
Approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System August 22, 2014