The mission of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology is to prepare students for careers (in engineering and science; and in business, humanities, and social sciences) and to enrich the socioeconomic and cultural lives of its students and members of the communities of Southern West Virginia.
Reflective of its dual roles as division of the State’s land-grant, flagship institution and as regional leader in its academic specializations, the primary goal of WVU Tech is to enable the full potential of students and residents of its service area. Toward this end, Tech’s educational programs and services are:
- Student-centered – They are accessible; affordable; personalized as much as possible to the unique needs of each individual; focused on the learning process; designed to empower students and to prepare them to become lifelong learners; and assessed annually for their contributions to the learning experience.
- Relevant and current – They prepare students for knowledge-based careers; incorporate technology innovatively; foster critical thinking by students; encourage interdisciplinary problem solving; and have high but attainable expectations for student performance.
- Culturally diverse – They introduce other cultures by way of formal and informal educational programs; focus on the world-wide nature of contemporary human interdependence; and interact with persons and groups different from oneself by way of international programs, professional societies, college clubs, and similar such communities.
- Accountable in the use of resources – They are cost-effective and responsible; if and when appropriate partner with business, industry, government and nonprofit organizations on goals of mutual interest; focus on objectives; employ creative and entrepreneurial strategies; and report transparently to stakeholders.