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McNeese State University Mission Statement

McNeese State University Mission Statement

McNeese State University is primarily a teaching institution whose mission is successful education of undergraduate and graduate students and services to the employers and communities in its region. McNeese uses a traditional admission process based on courses completed, GPA, and standardized test scores.
All academic programs at McNeese State University emphasize in-depth disciplinary knowledge and its application to academic and professional environments. McNeese graduates achieve success through the studied acquisition of content knowledge, the demonstration of discipline-specific skills and dispositions as well as mastery of general education competencies such as critical thinking, effective communication, and independent learning.
  1. Audiences
    McNeese is responsible for serving:
    1. Residents of southwest Louisiana who have completed high school and are seeking either a college degree or continuing professional education;
    2. Two-year college transfer students, particularly those from SOWELA Technical Community College;
    3. Employers in the region, both public and private, school districts, health care providers, local governments, and private businesses;
    4. Economic development interests and regional entrepreneurs; and
    5. The area community, by providing a broad range of academic and cultural activities and public events.
  2. Array of Programs and Services
    1. An array of programs in the liberal arts and sciences at the baccalaureate level—arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences—appropriate to a teaching institution with a predominantly undergraduate student body. Many of the courses taught in these programs are required for, or complement, other programs and services described below.
    2. Baccalaureate programs in education, engineering, agriculture, business, nursing and allied health fields, performing and visual arts, and social sciences.
    3. Master's programs primarily related to education, engineering, arts and sciences, nursing, and business.
    4. Support for area K-12 schools seeking college general education courses for advanced students.
    5. Services specifically designed to meet the needs of regional economic development (support for regional industrial planning, development, operations, regulatory compliance, and coordination with city and parish governments; small business development and entrepreneurship; regional economic statistical reporting; participating in Chamber of Commerce activities and initiatives; problem solving; and professional development).
  3. Special Programs/Features
    1. Programs supported by the Southwest Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center.
    2. Agricultural and related sciences with opportunities for experiential learning at three working farms and the Center for Advancement of Meat Processing and Production.
    3. Applied undergraduate and graduate research partnerships in engineering, sciences, allied health and education.
    4. Cultural events designed to connect McNeese with the regional arts community and K-12 education.