North Carolina Central University is a comprehensive university offering programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and selected professional levels. It is the nation’s first public liberal arts institution founded for African-Americans. The university upholds a strong liberal arts tradition and a commitment to academic excellence in a diverse educational and cultural environment. It seeks to encourage intellectual productivity and to increase the academic and professional skills of its students and faculty.
The mission of the university is to prepare students academically and professionally to become leaders prepared to advance the consciousness of social responsibility in a diverse, global society. As the university continues to serve its traditional constituency of African-American students, it will also expand its commitment to meet the educational needs of a student body that is diverse in race and other socioeconomic qualities.
Teaching, supported by research, is the primary focus of the university. As a part of that focus, the university encourages its faculty to pursue intellectual development and rewards effective teaching and research. The university recognizes the mutually reinforcing impact of scholarship and service on effective teaching and learning. NCCU therefore encourages and expects faculty and students to engage in scholarly, creative and service activities that benefit the community.