North Carolina State University
SACS Compliance Certification
August 15, 2003

Comprehensive Standards: Institutional Mission, Governance, and Effectiveness 3.1.1 (clear, comprehensive mission statement)
The institution has a clear and comprehensive mission statement that guides it; is approved by the governing board; is periodically reviewed by the board; and is communicated to the institution’s constituencies.

North Carolina State University is in compliance with this standard.

NC State University’s mission statement addresses all three of the university’s primary functions—teaching, research, and extension and engagement—and it clearly identifies our unique role as North Carolina’s land-grant, research-extensive university.  The mission designates North Carolinians as the university’s primary clientele while supporting our objective of playing a leadership role nationally and internationally.

The Mission Statement

The mission of North Carolina State University is to serve its students and the people of North Carolina as a doctoral/research-extensive, land-grant university. Through the active integration of teaching, research, extension, and engagement, North Carolina State University creates an innovative learning environment that stresses mastery of fundamentals, intellectual discipline, creativity, problem solving, and responsibility. Enhancing its historic strengths in agriculture, science, and engineering with a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of academic disciplines, North Carolina State University provides leadership for intellectual, cultural, social, economic, and technological development within the state, the nation, and the world.

One of the major responsibilities and duties of the Board of Governors (BOG) of the University of North Carolina is setting the mission of each constituent institution.  Hence, the BOG reviews missions every two years while engaged in long-range planning.  Like other constituent institutions, NC State University may recommend changes to its mission statement at that time.  The university’s current mission statement was drafted by a campus strategic planning committee, approved by the NC State University administration and Board of Trustees (BOT), and approved by the BOG in 1996.  In 2001, as part of BOG review, the statement was amended slightly to reflect changes in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and to update the language referring to NC State University’s public service mission to “extension and engagement.”

NC State University’s mission statement is posted on the university’s strategic planning  and Policies, Regulations and Rules websites.  Also, both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs link to the mission statement in their respective North Carolina State University sections.  The mission statement is printed in university policy manuals and catalogs.  The mission statement is featured prominently among agenda materials for every meeting of the BOT.


  • The Board of Governors’ charge of setting the mission of each constituent institution within the consolidated University of North Carolina ( [see Chapter II, Section 203.a, (1)-(3)]
  • NC State University’s strategic planning website (/UPA/index.htmstrategicplan/index.htm)

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