"Embracing the Legacy, Transforming the Future"
░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩═╝╣Ď┼Ă was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington as the Tuskegee Normal School. The schoolÔÇÖs name transitioned to Tuskegee Institute, attaining University status and becoming ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩═╝╣Ď┼Ă in 1985. ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩═╝╣Ď┼Ă is an independent, state-related institution ÔÇô one of two designated land-grant universities in Alabama ÔÇô and a recognized Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
Tuskegee Normal, Institute, and now University has a proud legacy of innovation and accomplishments through its 140-year history. Tuskegee╠řUniversity is ranked number three in U.S. News World ReportÔÇÖs 2022╠řannual rankings of the Best HBCUs in the country. The spirit, heritage, and╠řconnection to ÔÇťMother TuskegeeÔÇŁ is vividly and passionately communicated by alumni, faculty, staff, and students;╠řand the community,╠řthe Board╠řof Trustees, school administration, and faculty and staff are proud of the schoolÔÇÖs high academic standards, STEM programs, research programs, and╠řVeterinary school.
A shift in higher education is anticipated to occur over the coming years, and the changes impacting all higher education institutions will also impact Tuskegee. HBCUs in general are facing growing competition in the recruitment of high-achieving students, and the daunting challenges associated with recruiting, retaining, and preparing students for leadership roles should be appropriately addressed. Furthermore, academic learning has increasingly shifted to online platforms, which has been particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding access for all students; therefore, offering enhanced, highly efficient technology will be critically important for all higher education institutions. Tuskegee has delayed upgrading its infrastructure technology to enable enriched classroom instruction and state-of-the-art research laboratories. Upgrading and enhancing infrastructure to increase student engagement and retain TuskegeeÔÇÖs world-class faculty and staff has been identified as a priority in this five-year strategic plan.
At the beginning of the strategic planning process, the Board of Trustees reviewed the current Tuskegee mission and vision statements. ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩═╝╣Ď┼ĂÔÇÖs mission and vision are the foundation from which the institutional effectiveness framework is established. All planning units align their planning unit goals with those of the mission of the University. The mission and vision statements provide the foundation for the development of strategic priorities to move the organization forward, and the Board decided both the mission and vision needed to be revised. The revised╠řstatements are:
Mission: ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩═╝╣Ď┼Ă advances knowledge, leadership and service through teaching, research, and outreach programs. Uniquely positioned╠řas a historically black, private, state-related, land-grant University, Tuskegee faculty, staff and students transfer knowledge and transform our╠řcommunities, state, nation, and world.
Vision: ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩═╝╣Ď┼Ă is a pre-eminent educational and research institution that develops innovative and transformative leaders who solve the╠řworldÔÇÖs most complex problems.
I am pleased to present TuskegeeÔÇÖs 2021-2026 strategic plan, Embracing the Legacy, Transforming the Future, which will serve as our guide as we advance our institution╠řforward. The priorities identified and the goals, objectives, and initiatives outline a plan for TuskegeeÔÇÖs growth toward academic excellence. Our success depends on our╠řcollective commitment to implement this plan through strategic initiatives that honor our history and mission while striving to achieve our vision for the future.
The strategic plan was developed with input and ideas from various stakeholders, including current Tuskegee students, alumni, faculty, staff, members of our Board of╠řTrustees, and members of the community. Their collective creativity and innovative, forward-thinking ideas were inspiring and give us hope for a brighter future. We╠řextend our gratitude and sincere thanks to all of our stakeholders, work committees, faculty and staff who contributed to the development of this plan.
We will work together to complete the goals outlined in the plan (or amended in the future), to enable Tuskegee to move forward as we explore new opportunities, face╠řchallenges and enjoy successes. We will continue to embrace our proud legacy and present the Tuskegee Heart to all in our communities. There is no limit to what we can╠řachieve when we all work passionately together to serve ÔÇťMother Tuskegee,ÔÇŁ our community, our state, the nation, and the world. We are One Tuskegee.
While the COVID-19 challenges are not behind us yet, we will work through these in a transformative way as we implement our new strategies for becoming a greater╠řuniversity.
I look forward to working with each of you throughout this journey.
Charlotte P. Morris, Ph.D.
Strategic pillars are the primary areas of focus that define the organizationÔÇÖs high-level strategy, break down the mission and vision into action, and focus energy on desired results. The following key strategic pillars have been identified through the planning and data collection activities as key organization-wide issues for the University to consider in developing the strategic plan.
Tuskegee has identified key performance metrics for increasing student enrollment, student retention, and graduation rates. Improving student engagement is developed through an emphasis on student ÔÇťcustomer serviceÔÇŁ ÔÇô ensuring that students have attractive and environmentally safe living accommodations and classrooms for learning ÔÇô and delivering diversified learning opportunities.
TuskegeeÔÇÖs mission is to advance knowledge, leadership and service through teaching, research, and outreach programs. Continuously evaluating and enhancing the academic programs that are offered will prepare students to compete and be leaders in the global community. This goal will be achieved through the delivery of highly marketable programs, more online and distance education programs, multi-disciplinary teaching, and an expansion of graduate-level programs.
Pursuing and achieving operational excellence is the foundation for completing the goals, objectives and initiatives identified in the strategic plan. Operational excellence for Tuskegee is achieved by improving internal processes and operations and upgrading campus facilities and infrastructure.
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