Clark Atlanta University is
dedicated to preserving and disseminating the heritage of peoples
of African descent. Our growth and survival are predicated upon
self-knowledge and self-respect, both of which are rooted in
a knowledge of history. In pursuit of its mission, Clark Atlanta
University accepts the mandate of its parent institutions: Atlanta
University's motto, "I'll Find a Way or Make One,"
and Clark College's motto, "Culture for Service." Rooted
in its African American heritage, impacted by present and projected
trends, destined to shape the future, the purposes of Clark Atlanta
- To maintain a repository of
knowledge and an environment which fosters maximum intellectual,
social, and cultural development of students, faculty, administrators,
- To engage in the exploration
of innovative ideas through research and teaching, new programs
and educational experiments, both within and across disciplinary
lines, so that the University shall be on the leading edge of
American education and so that its graduates shall be informed,
visionary, culturally sensitive, politically engaged, and socially
responsible individuals with an understanding of their heritage
and a strong commitment to advancing social justice.
- To provide, through experimentation,
research, and social and cultural analysis, new solutions to
the physical and social problems of humankind.
- To provide excellent education
for those students who have proven they are high achievers and
for those students who have the capacity for achieving excellence
despite previous adverse circumstances.
- To provide an increasingly
diverse population with competent teachers and role models at
all levels of education.
- To promote artistic and creative
expressions and to emphasize their importance in shaping intellect,
values, and culture.
- To provide members of the
larger community with opportunities for continuing education
which are consistent with the overall mission of the University.