Mission. Tennessee Technological University’s mission is to broaden and enhance its unique role as the state’s only technological university through strong emphasis on and support of its academic programs in engineering and basic science and through expansion of its research activities in these and related areas. In addition, it maintains a superior undergraduate program in the arts and sciences, ensuring a liberal arts foundation for all students, supports distinguished business administration and teacher education programs, and offers programs of high quality in agriculture, arts and music, human ecology, and nursing, designed to meet regional needs. Tennessee Tech serves students from throughout the state, nation, and many other countries, but it retains a special commitment to serve the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. The major component of the academic mission is high-quality instruction in the University’s undergraduate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree-granting programs. The University is engaged in scholarly activity, especially basic and applied research, creative endeavors, and public service, with special emphasis on community and economic development.
To complement its academic program, the University provides opportunities for participation in a variety of extracurricular activities as integral components of its commitment to student life. The University’s three interdisciplinary Accomplished Centers of Excellence in Electric Power, Manufacturing, and Water Resources and two Chairs of Excellence in Business Administration strengthen the instructional, research, and service mission of the University. The University is as supportive of women as of men and as supportive of those in the minority as of those in the majority. The University provides educational opportunities to all eligible persons without regard to age, gender, color, race, religion, national origin, or disability. Tennessee Technological University is a member of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee and is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.