Clark Atlanta University
Mission and Vision Statements
Clark Atlanta University (CAU), formed in 1988 as a result of the consolidation of two independent historically black institutions — Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), is a United Methodist Church-related, private, coeducational, residential, and comprehensive urban research university. The University offers undergraduate, graduate and professional, and non-degree certificate programs.
Clark Atlanta University is an institution of high research activity characterized by a focus on the intellectual and personal development of each student. Its purpose is to prepare a diverse community of learners to excel in their chosen endeavors and to become responsible, productive, and innovative citizen leaders, locally and globally. This outcome is accomplished by the provision of access to and excellence in teaching, research, service, and creative activities through continuous engagement in an enriched, challenging, and nurturing environment.
Revised, approved by the Board of Trustees, October 15, 2009Vision Statement
Clark Atlanta University will further extend its national prominence and international presence for its distinctive capacity and commitment to provide a personally transformative learning environment, characterized by excellence in teaching, rigorous and innovative academic programs, dedication to the nurturing and development of its students, and the conduct of research addressing critical local, national, and global issues. Its students and faculty will gather from all parts of the world to discover and apply solutions to many of society’s most pressing problems. Clark Atlanta University graduates will demonstrate finely honed intellectual capability, innovative ideas and practices, inclusiveness, a disposition to serve, and a distinct appreciation for diversity in people, place, and opportunity.
Approved by the Board of Trustees, October 15, 2009