Mission and Goals

Nationally Recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)


The University of Arkansas will be nationally recognized for its preparation programs for educational leaders.

Mission Statement:

To graduate educational leaders with the knowledge, skills, ethics, and motivation to transform educational organizations; to facilitate student success; and to respond affirmatively to the increasing expectations of customers in a technological society and a global environment.

Educational Leadership (EDLE) Core Beliefs:

We believe that ...

  • Outstanding leaders who have strong academic backgrounds and who possess a wide range of administrative skills are essential to the improvement of educational systems
  • Educational leaders have the influence, obligation and responsibility to make a positive difference in society and to apply creative thought to both old and new challenges
  • Effective educational leadership is a collaborative process that depends on establishing constructive relationships with a broad segment of society
  • Highly qualified educators who are potential leaders will be identified and recruited for admission into the EDLE program
  • The EDLE faculty at the U of A is committed to developing an outstanding EDLE program that is recognized throughout the state, region and nation
  • EDLE faculty will be continual, lifelong learners and will possess effective communication skills and good technological skills
  • EDLE faculty members will work closely as a high-performing team, holding students to high and rigorous standards in a fair and compassionate manner and be held accountable for student outcomes

Goals for Faculty:

The University of Arkansas' EDLE program area will:

  • Model state-of-the-art leadership in both theory and practice
  • Establish collaborative relationships with educational organizations, businesses and nonprofit organizations to facilitate the effective use of available resources to develop leadership skills offer courses accessible to students
  • From various geographical locations throughout Arkansas with the aim to increase the diversity of students enrolled
  • Offer carefully designed courses that utilize and model cutting-edge technology and that prepare students for an increasingly technological society
  • Market courses of such quality that they will be in high demand
  • Evaluate students on both performance standards and academic accomplishments
  • Encourage student and staff participation in program offerings through the Arkansas Leadership Academy and the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators and encourage continued attendance by alumni
  • Provide individual attention to each student through an advisement program that involves all faculty and focuses on goals for students

Goals for Students:

The University of Arkansas will graduate educational administrators who:

  • Reflect and respect diversity in experiences and backgrounds
  • Implement appropriate management techniques and group processes to define roles, assign functions, generate and assign appropriate resources, delegate effectively, plan strategically, and determine accountability for the attainment of goals
  • Exhibit leadership practices necessary to create and foster optimum learning environments in educational organizations
  • Understand the importance of lifelong learning through participation in leadership development programs offered by state and national professional associations
  • Are able to communicate effectively both within their educational organizations and throughout their communities
  • Understand organizational leadership theory applicable to all types of school districts as well as non-educational organizations
  • Know how to work collaboratively to develop and implement appropriate curricula that result in relevant student work projects focused on the goals of the organization
  • Manifest a professional code of ethics and recognize the importance of the leader in promoting high corporate ethics
  • Have a passion for student success and service to others
  • Understand the importance of leadership in fostering a corporate vision that inspires excellence and continuous improvement
  • Have the capability and commitment to develop a culture that fosters staff leadership within their organization
  • Have the capability and commitment to create a student services/counseling environment that recognizes developmental needs and fosters emotional and social leadership and academic growth of students
  • Are prepared to conduct research projects in their organization and manifest a commitment to utilize data as a means to define program expectations, to measure success, and to plan for positive change