Nearly 150 years ago, Claflin broke down barriers in higher education, making it the first South Carolina university open to all regardless of race. Today, Claflin continues to welcome exemplary students of all races and genders who demonstrate a passion to change not only their own circumstances, but to change the world as well.
They believe that most leaders are made, not born. Furthermore, they believe that students with passion, integrity and a willingness to work hard have an innate capacity to become visionary leaders. As a Claflin student, you be challenged to realize your full potential, leaving here with an unparalleled education that will serve you well in graduate school, in a career – and in life.
Claflin University will be recognized as a leading 21st Century institution of higher education that develops a diverse and inclusive community of globally engaged visionary leaders.
Claflin University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A historically black University founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Claflin is dedicated to providing a student-centered, liberal arts education grounded in cutting-edge research, experiential learning, state-of-the art technology, community service, and life-long personal and professional fulfillment.
Claflin is a diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff and administrators who work to cultivate practical wisdom, judgment, knowledge, skills and character needed for globally engaged citizenship and effective leadership.
At the center of everything they do is a system of values informing and guiding all policies and programs. These values, expressed through their decisions and actions, are defined by five over-arching guiding principles:
Commitment to Excellence: they will strive for excellence through creativity, innovation and efficiency that allow for optimization of resources.
Commitment to Valuing People: they will value people by providing a safe, wholesome and healthy environment that fosters mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion.
Commitment to Being Student Centered: they will focus on all aspects of student life including student-centered education by embedding skills and praxis that foster life-long learning and independent problem solving and also translate their needs and expectations into actions that embody exceptional service.
Commitment to Exemplary Educational Programs: they will provide exemplary educational programs and an effective learning community by ensuring that they represent the highest standards of academic excellence and by continuous quality improvement.
Commitment to Fiscal Accountability: they will commit to financial accountability by promoting and fostering a culture of compliance, integrity, and fiscal responsibility throughout the University.
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