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