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Mission and Core Values


Grounded in its rich traditions as a historically Black college and university, and a land-grant institution, Langston University offers quality post-secondary education to diverse populations through academic, research, community engagement, extension, and co-curricular experiences that lead to professional competence and degree completion.

Core Values

  • Strong work ethic and dedication – We are united in our dedication to working as hard and as long as necessary in order to realize our vision of developing creative solutions to the problems facing underserved populations in Oklahoma, the nation and the world.
  • Passion for learning – Our zeal for knowledge, our quest to understand “why” and our desire to develop innovative answers, create a vibrant academic community.
  • Courage to have exemplary character – We are building a community in which high ethical and moral standards are maintained and valued by our faculty, staff and students.
  • Excellence – We value, treasure and reward excellence in scholarship, teaching and community service.
  • Scholarly innovation and a commitment to scholarship – We are a community of pragmatic intellectuals, using our knowledge to better our state, nation and the world.
  • Appreciation of difference – We believe firmly that everyone must be respected; and that there is always more than one way to consider any issue. We value diversity of opinions, ideas, ideals, cultures, and perspectives.
  • Fiscal accountability – We believe that solid fiscal management is the foundation upon which a great university is built.
  • Social responsibility – We believe that knowledge is a gift which must be used to create a better world.
  • Commitment to fundamental human rights – Above all, we value the right of every human being to enjoy freedom, respect and the opportunity to realize his or her potential.

Mission Statement (Adopted December 5, 2014)