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Historical Mission
One of the most important aspects of the historical mission of Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College was established by the Legislative Act of 1873 that created the College. The Act stipulated that the institution was being established for the convenience and well-being of the poorer classes. The second statutory provision relating to the mission of the College was the Land Grant Act of 1890, which made the Morrill Act of 1862 applicable in every respect to Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College. The Act of 1862 charges the College, without its excluding other scientific and classical studies, and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts. These subjects are to be taught in such manner as the State prescribes in order to provide the liberal and practical education of the laboring classes of people in the several pursuits and occupations of life.

Evolving Mission
While the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will continue to maintain a special sensitivity to the needs, aspirations, problems, and opportunities of its historic constituents, it shall expand its mission with a high degree of excellence and with a sense of constantly improving quality.

The new social context that is emerging as a result of integration requires that this mission be expanded, extended, and enriched so as to become consonant with the needs and demands of a more culturally heterogeneous student clientele differing academically, socially, racially, ethnically and culturally.

To fulfill its mission of service to this heterogeneous clientele, UAPB shall develop creative and innovative activities that produce new curricular models in the fields of aesthetics, social and political institutions, and scientific technical development. This will be accompanied by new instructional designs and professional staffs capable of implementing such programs.

The thrusts of this new and expanded mission could and should result in the re-examination and improvement of value systems and moral behavior of political institutions and of the economic system. Such a mission does not merely support the advancements of science and technology; it uses science and technology to help solve economic, physical, social, political, racial and cultural problems.