The mission statement is current and comprehensive, accurately guides the institution’s operations, is periodically reviewed and updated, is approved by the governing board, and is communicated to the institution’s constituencies.
Morehouse College has a clear and comprehensive mission statement, which reads in part, 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.”
Pursuant to the College’s bylaws, the Board of Trustees periodically reviews the mission statement. The Board approved the current mission statement in February 2003 to guide the College’s vision, strategic plan and student development philosophy. The 2003 amendment more clearly articulated the College’s mission as a liberal arts college – the development of men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service. The statement reflects its impact on teaching and extra- and co-curricular activities which should meet, among other things, the skill development and cultural understandings articulated within the statement. The mission statement also speaks to scholarship and research through the promotion of "understanding and appreciation of the specific knowledge and skills needed for the pursuit of professional careers and/or graduate study,” and service through the cultivation of “the personal attributes of self-confidence, tolerance, morality, ethical behavior, spirituality, humility, a global perspective, and a commitment to social justice.”
The mission statement is widely communicated to faculty, staff, perspective and matriculating students and the broader community though the College’s Catalog, the student handbook, the faculty and staff handbooks and on the College’s Web site.
The mission statement guides all aspects of the College’s function, including its strategic plan. Its most recent plan, (which culminated in 2007), the College’s historic place as a liberal arts college for men guided the strategic goals of becoming one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges and the college of choice for African American men. To that end, the College developed an assessment mechanism of 11 articulated learning outcomes, piloted a revision of its general education program; offered new curricular programs in church music, sports journalism and leadership studies; advanced the efforts to achieve nationally accredited programs in music and chemistry; began a sports journalism program, maintained 100% of its tenure-track faculty holding terminal degrees; improved the intellectual and artistic contribution of its faculty, implemented a distinguished scholars program; and improved its yield and retention rates for its students. (See the Progress Report for 2005-2006 of Strategic Plan 2001-2006.)
This institutional challenge “to be among the finest liberal arts colleges,” also served as the impetus for a number of strategic initiatives directed at developing the managerial capacity at the College, business process redesign and improved service delivery. The institution also constructed or renovated a number of the facilities. (See the Progress Report for 2005-2006 of Strategic Plan 2001-2006, Goal 7.)
Aspects of the mission addressing the development of disciplined minds for leadership and services also guided the College’s strategic efforts in focusing on fostering the development of global leadership amongst its students. In this way, the College increased the number of students studying abroad and implemented a leadership studies minor and a diplomat-in-residence program.