A guide to our mission, values, and culture
About Azul Univeristy Azul University is a four‐year, highly selective, private urban liberal arts institution established in 1897. AU is comprised of approximately 8,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students. As a residential campus located in Newark, New Jersey, students have access to innumerable opportunities and live within a community of committed scholars. Living on campus provides students Hinancial access to live in an urban area, and research indicates that students who live on campus are more likely to persist, have higher GPA, and graduate at higher rates than students who do not live on campus. The urban environment creates opportunities for service learning, internships, Hieldwork, networking with full‐time professionals, and interaction with faculty members who continue to work in the Hield. The unique location of the city of Newark also provides students with access to diverse communities and learning opportunities in New Jersey and the boroughs of New York City. Students who attend Azul University seek to pursue a rigorous academic career while developing as individuals who participate in a larger community. Social justice and civic engagement are characteristics of
both the students and the staff that create the culture of AU. The mission of the university is integrated in the daily functions of the university, the long‐term strategic goals, and in the work of each community member. Being a member of AU requires a strong commitment to community, learning, social responsibility, and intellectual pursuits. All members of Azul University are invited and encouraged to be active participants in the development of the institution, plans, goals, and policies. All undergraduate students at AU receive full Hinancial assistance, including room and board, and students contribute to Hinancing their education by participating in the Learning through Employment Program. Azul University is committed to providing access to education to all students who demonstrate promise, regardless of Hinancial need. The Learning through Employment program also provides students with an opportunity to learn critical thinking, problem solving, and administrative skills while engaging with the campus community. The Learning through Employment Program is made possible by an endowment and the continued support of our alumni.
Abigail Todd, the founder of Azul University, was born to a working‐class Quaker family in Southern New Jersey. Although in the 1800s girls and women did not receive formal education, Todd’s family believed in equal treatment of boys and girls. Todd attended a private Quaker school with her siblings and moved on to become an educator herself. With the help of a few fellow educators and the Hinancial support of an anonymous donor, Todd welcomed the Hirst class of students to Azul University in the spring of 1897. Twenty‐four students, 6 women and
18 men, and the faculty and staff members created the culture and framework for the future of AU. All students participated in the management, design, and maintenance of the institution. Their perspective and contributions were vital to the design and fabric of the culture at AU.
AU was founded on principles of equality, respect, community, and responsibility. The students, faculty, and staff who have paved the way at AU, foresaw a scholarly community governed and operated by all members, affordable and accessible to future scholars, and with intentions to affect society.
2 5 Fact: Why Azul? Azul, meaning blue, stems from the associations of the color blue among many cultures. In Iran blue is a scared color associated with paradise; blue is the color of the ocean and sky, both constants in our lives; it is also associated with Visuddha, a chakra which encourages spiritual communication; and in Feng Shui, it represents love, healing, peace, trust, adventure, exploration.
The Educational Mission of Azul
7 institutions while describing the values and culture that inform the educational process.
Mission Statement The mission of a higher education institution has very important implications for the practices of the institution. A mission statement deHines the purpose and responsibilities of the
The mission of Azul University is to serve the local, national, and global community through the acquisition and creation of intellectual knowledge, understanding of culture and society, and empowerment of future leaders who contribute towards a more socially just community. AU graduates are a community of scholars with a life‐long aim to develop their full
intellectual and human potential, are inHluential, civically engaged, global citizens who actively pursue and value diversity, and are determined to leave a legacy of justice, cooperation, education, and human progress.
University Learning Outcomes In order to guide students in achieving the outlined mission of the institution, AU has identiHied learning outcomes, organized under three categories, to steer the direction of programs, department, and various means of educational development for AU students. The learning outcomes categories are: Intellectual Skills and Research Contributions; Critical Thinking, Effective Reasoning; and Problem‐Solving, and Personal, Social, and Civic Responsibility. Although these areas might be described as separate and individual areas of learning, it is important to highlight the interconnectedness and interdependence of all of the learning outcomes. As students develop a through their undergraduate career, the mastery of new outcomes will have an impact on the students’ world view and the interaction and application of other outcomes. Thus, the outcomes have shared qualities, characteristics, and intentions. At the time of receiving a bachelor’s degree, students: • • •
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Intellectual Skills and Research Contributions Have mastered a broad body of knowledge and a mode of inquiry Have knowledge of a speciHic discipline that speaks to the student’s individual interests, passion, and vocational aspirations Are empowered and equipped to continue life‐long learning and intellectual inquiry in order to contribute to the progress of academic subjects, social structures, civic‐engagement, and vocational topics Critical Thinking, Effective Reasoning, and ProblemSolving Can articulate acquired knowledge, opinions, and perspectives effectively through a variety of mediums Can interpret, evaluate, and transform knowledge and experiences to larger social problems, contexts, and issues Personal, Social, and Civic Responsibility Have “realistic self‐appraisal, self‐understanding, and self‐respect” that contribute to participation in productive, independent, and interdependent lives Have developed an understanding of social justice, social systems, their own social identities, the implications of working with diverse populations, and ways that they, as educated global citizens, can contribute to creating a just society Understand, seek to integrate, and practice social justice and civic responsibility Pursue courses of action with integrity, purpose, compassion, and fairness
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More About Azul University More About Azul University Our commitment to diversity is demonstrated throughout the fabric of our campus, but the diversity among the student population is a clear indicator of our mission, values, and practices. Please notice that the statistics depicted below speak to ethnic/racial, gender, and geographic diversity. Out community is comprised of individuals with a variety of identities and experiences not described below.
Quick Facts Community Student Body 10,991 Undergraduate 8,023 Graduate 2, 968 Faculty 550 Staff 450 Living Alumni 87,000
Geographic Distribution Mid‐Atlantic 30% Midwest 23% New England 11% West/Southwest 20% South 10% International 6%
Men 46% Women 52% Transgender 2% African American 5% Alaskan Native 1% Asian 7% Asian American 15% Black 9% Hispanic, Latin@, Chican@ 18% Native American 4% White, non‐Hispanic 32% Not listed 2% Not given 3%
Student Status Undergraduate Full‐time 96% Part‐time 4%
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Graduate Full‐time 67% Part‐time 33% Campus Campus 38 Acres Buildings 34
Multiracial Students 15% (also included in statistics above)
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