Ohio University Mission Statement
Ohio University is a public university providing a broad range of educational
programs and services. As an academic community, Ohio University holds the
intellectual and personal growth of the individual to be a central purpose.
Its programs are designed to broaden perspectives, enrich awareness, deepen
understanding, establish disciplined habits of thought, prepare for meaningful
careers, and thus, to help develop individuals who are informed, responsible,
Ohio University offers undergraduate instruction on both the Athens campus
and the regional campuses. Undergraduate programs, designed to contribute
to intellectual and personal development and career goals of students, emphasize
Undergraduate major programs, preprofessional, and professional programs
prepare students for employment in a variety of careers and for continued
study. Two-year technical and associate's degree programs, reflecting employment
opportunities as well as the general career interests of students, are taught
primarily at the regional campuses.
At the Athens campus, instruction is combined with residence life and other
extracurricular programs in an effort to create a collegiate experience
integrating learning and living.
Graduate and Professional Education
Ohio University offers graduate and professional education. The primary
forms of activity are advanced and specialized courses of study, supervised
practical experience, and research.
The essential concentration of faculty, material, and space resources dictates
that the activity associated with graduate and professional education will
be centered on the Athens campus. This activity is not limited to that campus;
research and instruction are carried out at various locations.
Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity
Ohio University is a center for scholarship, research, and creative activity
involving the creation, testing, and dissemination of knowledge, understanding,
expressions, and technique.
As a public university, Ohio University has a particular responsibility
to address societal issues and needs through such scholarship, research,
and creative activity. The scholarly and artistic activity of the faculty
enhances the teaching function at all levels of the student experience.
Ohio University serves an extended community. The public service mission
of the university, expressed in such activities as public broadcasting and
continuing education programs, reflects the responsibility of the university
to serve the ongoing educational needs of the region. The regional campuses
perform a critical role in serving this extended community.
The university has statewide responsibility for an extended university program
using independent study through correspondence.
It is the purpose of these extended university programs to serve a diverse
range of educational needs, from professional groups requiring continuing
courses of study related to the practice of their professions, to individuals
desiring occasional or special interest study.
By service to the extended community, Ohio University contributes to cultural
and economic development, health care, and to other human services.
Adopted January 15, 1977, and reaffirmed January 1988.
University Publications and Computer Services revised this file (http://www.ohiou.edu/catalog/99-00/general/mission.htm) October 6, 1999.
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