University Mission Statements

Globalization, Holistic, Urban Research

Both are public state universities


Appalachian State University

Our Mission

Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. Our location in the distinctive Appalachian mountain town of Boone, North Carolina, profoundly shapes who we are. As a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, we fulfill our core academic missions of teaching, scholarship, and service in ways that honor our geography and heritage.

We bring people together in inspiring ways. The transformational Appalachian experience develops individuals who are eager to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, to embrace diversity and difference, and to become contributing members of society.

We create rich environments where students can thrive. Our students are educated broadly and are simultaneously equipped with strong disciplinary knowledge. Academic learning occurs in a wide range of undergraduate, selected masters and intermediate programs, and the doctorate in Education offered on campus, at off campus sites, and online.

Faculty and students engage in research and scholarship that advance knowledge and address the problems of our region, state, and world through creativity and innovation. Learning takes place within formal and informal instructional settings with dedicated faculty members, in co-curricular programs that enrich classroom experience, in interdisciplinary educational formats, and through outreach to the local community and beyond. Appalachian cultivates diverse and vibrant arts that enrich the cultural and intellectual climate of the campus and region.

We promote a spirit of inclusion that inspires students, faculty, and staff to form relationships extending well beyond graduation. Our students think critically, communicate effectively, make local to global connections, and understand the responsibilities of community engagement. We embrace our obligation to help create healthy, just, and sustainable societies by equipping our students to live with knowledge, compassion, dedication, humility, and dignity.

Appalachian State University (ASU) is located in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. It was originally founded as a teaching college but has evolved over the last 50 years into a multi-disciplinary institute. It is primarily focused on undergraduate education, but some graduate degrees are offered.

Their mission statement seamed to heavily revolve around sustainability and how globalization is nested well within its context. They seem to want students who are passionate about their field and who are dedicated bettering society not just locally but on a global scale. They have realized the importance and interrelated effects of decisions made by humanity and are dedicated to both educate and effect other communities with the knowledge gained at their institution.


University of North Carolina – Charlotte

UNC Charlotte Mission Statement:

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It leverages its location in the state’s largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region.

The University of North Carolina Charlotte is located in Charlotte, NC. It has  a very well rounded foundation of educational colleges. I found it interesting that that have taken on the specialty of NC urban research university. I would not have thought that was something that a university would mention in its mission statement. However, I can see how choosing such a selective specialty can set it apart from its peers. Additionally, they state that they are maintaining a particular commitment to the needs of the greater Charlotte area. Unlike, Appalachian State who’s focus is on a global level. Their mission statement must nest with their recruiting strategies, by getting local Charlottians who are interested in improving their community.

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