Founded in 1794, Tusculum University is the oldest institution of higher education in Tennessee, the twenty-eighth oldest in the nation, and the oldest coeducational institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Among the Tusculum’s many distinctions are its inclusion in the President’s Community Service Honor Roll for 2007 through 2012; its recognition by the Clinton Global Initiative University of Tusculum’s “Help Me Help You” program as a model for global action in 2012; its being named to G.I. Jobs’ list of Military Friendly Schools from 2010 through 2012 and participating in the Yellow Ribbon program since 2009; and its uniqueness as one of six institutions of higher education in the country to operate on a focused calendar.
Ours is more than a two century tradition of education grounded in the belief that we best realize the potential of each individual when administration , staff, faculty members and students work closely together with the ultimate aim of enriching the lives of our students and preparing them to contribute positively to their communities. Every academic program and administrative decision is guided by our institutional mission, values, and vision.
Tusculum University provides a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement.
Integrity: Encompassing honesty and trustworthiness, all members of the Tusculum Community value and live with integrity, respect and virtue in communications, relationships and actions.
Education: We value a balanced education grounded in the civic and liberal arts and career preparedness. Our goal is for students to develop practical wisdom, global literacy, critical and independent thinking, and an appreciation for life-long learning, diversity and inclusion.
Civic Responsibility: We value our unique heritage in the civic arts and the Judeo-Christian tradition and seek to develop leaders who are citizen-scholars and will serve their communities throughout the world.
Tusculum strives to actualize educational excellence and ongoing relevance through our third century by:
Establishing transformative living and learning communities,
Reflecting institutional integrity through aspirational leadership and academic innovation,
Distinguishing Tusculum alumni as leading citizen-scholars, and
Maximizing individual, group, and community fiscal support and partnerships to promote innovation.
The Next Decade of Educational Excellence
Very few institutions of higher education in the United States are privileged enough to face the question, “How do we actualize educational excellence and ongoing relevance through our third century?” The future of Tusculum University is fundamentally connected to history through core values embodied by her mission statement. Tusculum remains true to the mission extolled by the founders to provide a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment. Today, as in 1794, values such as integrity, education and civic responsibility are relevant and essential. As Tusculum embarks on a third century of service, the vision for the next decade is shaped by a commitment to:
- Establishing transformative living and learning communities, by creating state-of-the-art, student-centered learning environments; providing contemporary technologies to prepare students who are academically, intellectually and technically equipped to work in, lead, and serve their communities; providing places and support that nurture intellectual curiosity; and creating virtual and physical environments conducive to academic achievement and success.
- Reflecting institutional integrity through aspirational leadership and academic innovation, including well managed relationships with domestic and international academic institutions to provide joint academic and co-curricular programs, exchange opportunities and deep immersion experiences; integration of social media and virtual experiences to enhance accessibility and academic achievement; increased placement of graduates in advanced degree programs and professional schools; robust student and faculty scholarships; and full integration of reflective judgment and critical thinking in all aspects of our living and learning environment.
- Distinguishing Tusculum alumni as leading citizen-scholars,through redevelopment of the “Freshman Experience” to incorporate cultural enhancement opportunities, providing students with knowledge and skills relevant to their everyday and professional lives; an co-curricular transcript program to document student participation and leadership in on- and off-campus organizations, demonstrating their leadership experiences and dedication to service; and immersive, student-centered learning and leadership environments conducive and collaborative, problem-based learning.
- Maximizing individual, group, and community fiscal support and partnerships to promote innovation through diversification of revenue streams, alternative funding mechanisms and opportunities, and decreased student and institution dependence on state and federal tuition assistance; competitive salaries and benefits designed to attract and retain exemplary faculty and staff; a doubled endowment and increased unrestricted funds to allow the College flexibility in supporting new initiatives; a substantial increase in graduation rates; and active engagement in local and regional economic development.
The realization of this vision, informed by the boldest aspirations of our students, alumni, faculty, staff, Trustees and trusted friends of the University, requires each person to fully embrace his or her role and responsibility with enthusiasm and determination to propel Tusculum into her third century.