Our Mission

The University of Tulsa is a private, independent, doctoral-degree-granting institution whose mission reflects these core values: excellence in scholarship, dedication to free inquiry, integrity of character, and commitment to humanity. The university achieves its mission by educating men and women of diverse backgrounds and cultures to

  • become literate in the sciences, humanities, and arts;
  • think critically, and write and speak clearly;
  • succeed in their professions and careers;
  • behave ethically in all aspects of their lives;
  • welcome the responsibility of citizenship and service in a changing world; and
  • acquire the skills and appetite for lifelong learning.

Adopted by The Board of Trustees October 13, 1999

Most TU faculty members are familiar with the mission statement and would agree that these are the skills or concepts that all students should have developed upon completion of an academic program at TU; however, the questions remain…

  • How can it be determined if these skills or concepts are developed?
  • What is known about the students’ ability to demonstrate each skill?
  • What opportunities are provided for students to demonstrate these skills or concepts?

Results from various institutional initiatives provide an indication of the levels at which students are able to demonstrate these educational priorities – evidence that the university is fulfilling its institutional mission.