Sep 12 2016
Mission and Vision
The University of New Orleans:
A Student-Centered, Urban Research University
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.
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.
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.
Having attended the University of New Orleans (UNO), I can honestly say that they live up their mission of “providing educational excellence to a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body.” The staff was always attentive. The faculty was approachable. The administration held “town halls” so they could hear the issues facing students, staff, and faculty.
The most interesting part of the mission statement is where it mentions “New Orleans, the state, the nation, and the world.” I believe that this part of the mission statement was developed because of Hurricane Katrina. The university suffered in regards to physical damage and the lack of students that returned after the storm (a 26% decrease in enrollment). If that was not enough, from 2008 – 2016 the state support for the university budget was slashed more than half by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. UNO has turned to increased tuition and student fees to fill the gap but the decline in enrollment has made that a challenge, too. UNO has had to turn to the local community, across the state, across the nation, and internationally to recruit students to enroll. However, has this been enough?
UNO was the first time I had encountered a scope and vision statement. The scope identifies the type of degrees conferred and some of the disciplines taught. The vision statement portrays the role that UNO wants to have in the local community and the world.