Armstrong Atlantic State University was founded in 1935 as a city college and continues to fulfill an urban mission, teaching a diverse population of traditional and nontraditional students. Throughout its history, Armstrong Atlantic has shared its creative, scholarly, technical, and leadership expertise with individuals and organizations throughout southeast Georgia. It is a designated Regional Health Professions Education Center. Offering a broad range of programs in arts and sciences, teacher education, health professions, and graduate studies, Armstrong Atlantic provides all students with a firm foundation in the liberal arts and anchors its academic excellence in its baccalaureate and graduate programs.
Armstrong Atlantic State University shares with other institutions in the University System of Georgia the following common mission:
The mission of the University System of Georgia is to contribute to the educational, cultural, economic, and social advancement of Georgia by providing excellent undergraduate general education and first-rate programs leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's, professional, and doctoral degrees; by pursuing leading edge basic and applied research, scholarly inquiry, and creative endeavors; and by bringing these resources to bear on the economic development of the state and the continuing education of citizens through public service.
While the core teaching, research and scholarship, and service functions differ by institutional type, the campus life of every institution in the University System of Georgia will be characterized by:
- a supportive campus climate, necessary services, and leadership and development opportunities, all to educate the whole person and meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff;
- cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in the faculty, staff, and student body, supported by practices and programs that embody the ideals of an open, democratic, and global society;
- technology to advance educational purposes, including instructional technology, student support service, and distance education;
- collaborative relationships with other University System of Georgia institutions, state agencies, local schools and technical institutes, and business and industry, sharing physical, human, information, and other resources to expand and enhance programs and services available to the citizens of Georgia.
Armstrong Atlantic State University shares with the other state universities of the University System of Georgia the following core characteristics or purposes:
- a commitment to excellence and responsiveness within a scope of influence defined by the needs of an area of the state, and by particularly outstanding programs or distinctive characteristics that have a magnet effect throughout the region or state;
- a commitment to a teaching/learning environment, both inside and outside the classroom, that sustains instructional excellence, serves a diverse and university-prepared student body, promotes high levels of student achievement, offers academic assistance, and provides developmental studies programs for a limited student cohort;
- a high quality general education program supporting a variety of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and profession academic programming at the baccalaureate level, with selected master's and educational specialist degrees, and selected associate degree programs based on area need and/or inter-institutional collaborations;
- a commitment to public service, continuing education, technical assistance, and economic development activities that address the needs, improve the quality of life, and raise the educational level within the university's scope of influence;
- a commitment to scholarly and creative work to enhance instructional effectiveness and to encourage faculty scholarly pursuits, and a commitment to applied research in selected areas of institutional strength and area need.