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May 13, 2008

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Coordinating Board Approves UT Tyler Mission Statement

The University of Texas at Tyler’s mission statement, which defines what the university hopes to achieve, was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at its April 23 meeting, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

THECB reviews mission statements from public universities every four years. In 2008, they reviewed and approved the mission statements from all of the universities and health centers within UT System.

“The mission statement not only defines the essence of what UT Tyler is, but also defines our goals, philosophy and values,” said Mabry.

UT Tyler’s goal is to be nationally recognized for its high quality education in the professions and in the humanities, arts and sciences.

To accomplish the goal, students are taught to think critically, act with honesty and integrity and demonstrate proficiency in leadership, communication skills and the use of technology. Students, according to the mission, also will graduate having a greater understanding and appreciation of human diversity and the global nature of society.

“Our mission statement is a living document,” explained Mabry. “It not only provides the road map for planning and budgeting, but it also defines our curriculum, the activities of our faculty and students and our role in Tyler and East Texas.”

The mission statement also provides the benchmark against which an institution’s success is gauged and helps the university determine whether it is doing what it is supposed to do, Mabry added.

According to the University’s mission statement, the primary purpose of UT Tyler is to develop students’ critical thinking skills, appreciation of the arts, humanities and sciences and international understanding for participation in the global society. Students also learn the important knowledge and skills necessary for success in a profession in order to develop as economically productive citizens.

“Students also have to commit themselves to lifelong learning,” said Dr. Richard L. Osburn, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The world of work is changing rapidly, and our mission is to give students the skills to be lifelong learners and be able to adapt to change.”

UT Tyler’s mission statement also addresses the importance of research and creative activity by faculty. Faculty not only share the processes and the results of their research with students, but they also engage students in their research activities.

“Our faculty also disseminate their research around the country and the world,” said Osburn. “Through publications, conference presentations, exhibits as well as through a vast array of public service activities in East Texas and the state, our faculty share the knowledge they gain from their research and teaching.”

For the complete UT Tyler mission statement, visit www.uttyler.edu.

THECB was created by the Texas Legislature in 1965 to provide leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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