The institution has a clearly defined, comprehensive, and published mission statement that is specific to the institution and appropriate for higher education. The mission addresses teaching and learning and, where applicable, research and public service.
The earliest published statement of the College’s mission that has been located appeared in the 1901 catalog of Atlanta Baptist College, the name under which the institution was granted (in 1897) “full college powers.” Since that publication, the statement of the College’s mission has undergone several revisions.
The Morehouse Mission statement has changed over time and has been revised in response to internal and external changes, including the changing responsibilities of the College to its constituents. The last change to the College’s mission statement occurred in the 2004-2005 academic year, and is the current mission statement.
The current Morehouse Mission statement was approved by the College’s Board of Trustees, and was developed through the efforts of the College’s faculty, administration and trustees. Each change in the mission statement has been preceded by a study of the mission statement by a committee of faculty and administrators, which considered the appropriateness of the mission statement for higher education.
The current Morehouse Mission statement is as follows:
"The mission of Morehouse College is to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service. A private historically black liberal arts college for men, Morehouse realizes this mission by emphasizing the intellectual and character development of its students. In addition, the College assumes special responsibility for teaching the history and culture of black people.
Founded in 1867 and located in Atlanta, Georgia, Morehouse is an academic community dedicated to teaching, scholarship, and service, and the continuing search for truth as a liberating force. As such, the College offers instructional programs in three divisions - business and economics, humanities and social sciences, and science and mathematics - as well as extracurricular activities that:
develop skills in oral and written communications, analytical and critical thinking, and interpersonal relationships;
foster an understanding and appreciation of world cultures, artistic and creative expression, and the nature of the physical universe;
promote understanding and appreciation of the specific knowledge and skills needed for the pursuit of professional careers and/or graduate study, and;
cultivate the personal attributes of self-confidence, tolerance, morality, ethical behavior, spirituality, humility, a global perspective, and a commitment to social justice.
The College seeks students who are willing to carry the torch of excellence and who are willing to pay the price of gaining strength and confidence by confronting adversity, mastering their fears and achieving success by earning it. In pursuit of its mission, Morehouse challenges itself to be among the very finest liberal arts institutions in the world."
The mission statement addresses teaching, learning and public service in the following statements:
“ ..the College assumes special responsibility for teaching the history and culture of black people.”
“Morehouse is an academic community dedicated to teaching, scholarship and service and the continuing search for truth as a liberating force.”
Although research is not mentioned in the statement, the College broadly interprets scholarship to include research activities among its faculty and students. The College's tenure and promotion policies encourage research among its faculty, and academic departments encourage student research as noted in the academic department comprehensive program reviews, section IV-H.1.
The mission statement is published in the following publications:
The College Catalog
The College official Web site