The Texas legislature's designation of Texas Southern University as "a special purpose
institution of higher education for urban programming" is the foundation for its pedagogic
goals. Ascribing to the global implications of its urban mission, the University focuses
on high-quality teaching, research, and public service to prepare students for leadership
roles in urban communities worldwide.
Texas Southern University offers a variety of academic programs to students of diverse
backgrounds and various levels of scholastic achievement. These students matriculate
in undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees in the arts, science, public
affairs, education, business, health science, law, pharmacy, and technology.
A special challenge to the institutional mission is the open-access philosophy, which
affords admission to broad categories of students from the intellectually gifted to
the academically under prepared. In support of this concept, the faculty develops
unique educational programs and creates a stimulating intellectual climate for a diverse
The expected outcome is that students will possess an appreciation for humanistic
values, acquire effective use of communicative skills, and develop an appreciation
and competency in the use of technology in daily living. These educational outcomes
are periodically assessed to ensure the quality of the educational experience. Consequently,
students who attend Texas Southern University acquire the professional training and
personal confidence to succeed in the global workplace.
In fulfilling its mission and purpose, Texas Southern University is committed to the
following: maintaining an innovative, productive, and receptive learning environment;
implementing initiatives to ensure a suitable environment for research and other scholarly
activities; and infusing new technological advances into its infrastructure and academic