Leading and shaping the future of higher education.
Our vision describes Auburn University’s aspiration 20 years from now. It is deliberately meant to be lofty – down to earth and always challenging while being bold and ambitious. It is a challenge for ourselves to achieve greatness. Our vision is an invitation to the Auburn family and those new to Auburn University to join us in our quest for inspiration, innovation and transformation.
Auburn University has established itself as an excellent comprehensive public land-grant university. However, excellence is not enough. We aspire to become a world-renowned institution that excels in education, research and service, and to become a model of higher education. We understand that higher education is on the brink of change. We intend to lead and shape this change.
Our goals outline Auburn University’s top priorities for the next five years. Achieving these goals will best position our institution to realize its 20-year vision.
As a land-grant institution, Auburn University is dedicated to improving the lives of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, research, and life-enhancing scholarships and selfless service.
The mission of Auburn University concisely describes our central purpose. Our mission statement begins with a reference to the university’s origins and obligations as a public land-grant university. The Morrill Act of 1862 established institutions of higher learning focusing on agriculture and the mechanical arts, a response to changing social and economic conditions. Land-grant universities would provide practical solutions to pressing societal problems and offer higher education to a much larger segment of American citizens. Land-granting universities would eventually serve as creators of economic opportunity and development. As such, we must never lose sight of the important educational, research and service responsibilities inherent in our land grant lineage. Following its founding as a land-grant university, Auburn was also designated, by federal law, as a sea and space-grant university.
Our first responsibility is to educate our students and prepare them for life. We strive to broaden their minds, broaden their experiences and hone their abilities by imparting both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Our goal is to empower and inspire our students to perform at their best and achieve their hopes and dreams. A key part of our Public Charter and Auburn Creed is to ensure that our students receive a strong work ethic, strong character traits, and core values of honesty and respect. We encourage students to make valuable contributions and to guide their fellow citizens in creating meaningful change. This responsibility to build moral character and instill active social responsibility distinguishes the student experience at all land-grant universities, and certainly at Auburn University.
Our second responsibility is to stimulate the development of research and scholarship that creates and advances knowledge. We support, build on, and leverage the expertise of our faculty, students, and partners to discover, innovate, and create new science, technology, and applications and methodologies that concretely improve our world.
Our third responsibility, mobilization and awareness, exploits the value of the first two elements. Our duty is to enable our students, graduates, professors and partners to transform the fruits of our research and scholarship into products, methods and services that meet the most pressing needs of our communities. Providing practical, real-world solutions is what sets land-grant universities apart and is central to the founding of Auburn University.
To be among the top land-grant universities, we must continue to excel in all three responsibilities. This requires leveraging the synergy found in the exchange of education, research, and service to maximize our impact on Alabama and the world.