The administration and staff of the Department of Athletics espouses a student-centered philosophy, which ranks academic achievement as the number one priority for its student-athletes.
Toward this end, the Department of Athletics is committed to providing a comprehensive and inclusive intercollegiate and intramural athletics program for men and women, which further promotes the academic, sportsmanship, and total development of the student-athletes.
Further, the Department is committed to working cooperatively with other constituents of the University to ensure the production of competent and ethical contributing graduates who are capable of making the transition from university life to the workplace and into today's multicultural society.
Embodied within this mission is the concept of an effective athletics program which values success in competition, success in academic and personal development of student-athletes, success in graduating student-athletes, success in fully maintaining compliance with the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and Title IX.
The University is further committed to a program of staff development in providing minorities the opportunity for full employment and development in the athletics program.