Cleveland, Mississippi, a town of approximately 13,000 citizens, is the agricultur-
al, manufacturing, commercial, medical, and educational center of Bolivar
County and the Central Mississippi Delta. The Mississippi Delta is a crescent-
shaped, largely agricultural region situated on the Mississippi River, in the north-
west corner of the state of Mississippi. It is home to some of the most fertile soil in
the world, and is a world leader in farming such crops as cotton, rice, soybeans,
and corn. In addition, the Mississippi Delta is rapidly developing its cultural
tourism possibilities, which is centered around the Delta’s rich literary heritage,
its historic role in developing Blues and other forms of American music, and its
pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement."
Cleveland is widely known as the "Crossroads of Culture in the Delta." In 2013,
Smithsonian magazine ranked Cleveland the second-best U.S. small town to visit,
noting its concentration of museums, art galleries, performing arts venues, and
historic sites, and its Delta Blues heritage, with Cleveland being part of the
"Cradle of American Music" along U.S. Highway 61.
Delta State University’s many artistic, cultural, economic, and community out-
reach entities include performing arts complexes, development centers, academic
facilities, and public venues, which, in concert with Cleveland’s cultural attrac-
tions such as the restored Ellis Theater and the Martin and Sue King Railroad
Heritage Museum, provide a wide range of cultural attractions. Cleveland is also
home to the annual Crosstie Arts and Jazz Festival and the Delta’s largest
In addition, Cleveland’s recreational facilities are exceptional, with Delta State’s
state-of-the-art, Olympics-style Aquatics Center, as well as multiple municipal
parks, walking trails, ball fields, golf courses, and tennis courts. Complementing a
wide variety of public, family-friendly recreational opportunities are Delta State
University’s athletics programs, with many regional and national titles across a
range of women’s and men’s sports.
In every area of civic life, city officials, the Cleveland-Bolivar Chamber of
Commerce, and Delta State University work in unison to continue Cleveland’s
growth and development.
Delta State University was created as Delta State Teachers College by Mississippi
State Senate Bill Number 263, Chapter 284, entitled "An Act to Create and
Establish the Delta State Teachers College." Governor Henry L. Whitfield signed
the bill on April 9, 1924. The institution opened for its first regular session on
September 15, 1925, with a faculty and staff of 11 and a student body of 97.
The University’s first president, Mr. James Wesley Broom, suffered an untimely
death during Delta State’s first session. He was succeeded by Dr. W. M. Kethley,
who served as president from 1926 to 1956. Dr. James M. Ewing became the
third president in 1956 and served until 1971. Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas served as the
institution’s fourth president from 1971 until 1975. Dr. Forest Kent Wyatt became
the fifth president and served from 1975 until 1999. He was succeeded by Dr.
David L. Potter from 1999, who served as sixth president until 2003. Dr. John M.
Hilpert served as Delta State’s seventh president from 2003 to 2013. Mr. William
N. LaForge began serving as Delta State University’s eighth president on April 15,
Students at Delta State University will learn and grow in an environment that fos-
ters discovery and creativity. The institution intends to be the best regional uni-
versity in America as it combines a heritage of academic strength with a robust
commitment to serving people and communities, particularly in the Mississippi
As a regional Carnegie Masters I university located in Cleveland, Mississippi,
Delta State University serves as an educational and cultural center for the
Mississippi Delta, emphasizing service to the Northern Delta counties and its
campus centers in Clarksdale and Greenville in traditional and distance educa-
tion formats. The University offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing edu-
cation programs of study leading to baccalaureate and masters degrees in the
Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and the School of Nursing, as
well as the Educational Specialist degree and Doctorates in Education and
Nursing Practice. Emphasis is placed on excellence in instruction, followed by
service and research, in the creation of a community of scholars. With special
attention to small classes, a friendly environment, and a broad liberal arts founda-
tion, the University encourages significant student-faculty interactions. Delta State
provides programs and services that promote intellectual, cultural, ethical, physi-
cal, and social development. Students from different cultural, socioeconomic,
and ethnic backgrounds will develop the ability to respect and evaluate the
thoughts of others; to develop, assess, and express their own thoughts effectively;
and to use the techniques of research and performance associated with their dis-
Commitment to Quality in Academic Programs.
Acknowledging its beginnings as a teachers college, the University sus-
tains excellence in teacher education while also continuing to expand
offerings in traditional as well as new areas of study. From the core disci-
plines such as arts, humanities, and sciences to unique programs such as
commercial aviation and community development, the University is com-
mitted to meeting the ever changing and evolving needs of the students it
serves. It sustains quality in those programs by maintaining accreditation
of all programs for which an accrediting agency exists.
Commitment to Learning, Scholarship, and Student Engagement
Delta State provides programs that cultivate intellectual curiosity and pro-
mote scholarship among its students. Through a state-of-the-art library
supplemented by a campus network of computer labs, students have
access to a full range of information resources in support of learning. The
University also acknowledges the importance of student engagement as
central to successful learning. Toward that end the University has dedicat-
ed its quality enhancement plan as required for regional accreditation to
increased student engagement. In support of community engagement and
service-learning experiences for students, the University has created an
office and a faculty role to sustain those efforts.
Commitment to Teaching and Faculty Development
The quality of Delta States academic programs is central to its education-
al mission. That quality is affirmed through a dedicated faculty with cre-
dentials appropriate to their discipline. The University supports high stan-
dards of quality among its faculty and maintains those standards through
the Technology Learning Center, a modern faculty development office
dedicated to the application of technology to teaching, and through the
Kent and Janice Wyatt Faculty Development Program, a University
Foundation initiative that provides resources for faculty growth.
Respect for People and Ideas
Delta State promotes mutual respect, teamwork, fairness, and integrity.
The University is diligent in working to create a climate where students,
employees, and constituents are valued and nurtured. Through an ongo-
ing re-engineering project the University converts these principles into
Commitment to Regional and Economic Development
Delta State, in partnership with various organizations, will advance com-
munity and economic development in the Delta region to improve the
quality of life and raise the educational level of its citizens. Special atten-
tion is given to collaboration with our educational partners: Mississippi
Valley State University, Coahoma Community College, Mississippi Delta
Community College, the Mississippi Department of Education, and the K-
12 schools of the Delta. Moreover, the Delta Center for Culture and
Learning, the Capps Archives, the Center of Business Research, and the
Center for Community and Economic Development provide a structure to
ensure University participation in promoting and celebrating the unique
heritage of the Delta while also addressing the longstanding social, eco-
nomic, and cultural challenges that inhibit advancement.
Encouragement of Innovation and Experimentation
Delta State endorses the principles of innovation and experimentation,
and makes them a part of its institutional culture. The University acknowl-
edges the importance of an environment where students and faculty can
undertake risks and experiment with new ideas.
Commitment to a Student-Centered Campus
Delta State promotes a campus culture that fosters student development.
From an array of student services to a nationally recognized athletic pro-
gram, the University is dedicated to ensuring that the full ranges of stu-
dent needs and interests are met.
Support for the Arts
Delta State recognizes the need for a vibrant creative and performing arts
program for its students and the region. The renovation of Jobe Hall pro-
vides a state-of-the-art theatre facility for student productions. Through the
Bologna Performing Arts Center, the Delta Music Institute, the Janice
Wyatt Summer Arts Institute, and a partnership with the Delta Arts
Alliance, the University ensures the preservation and enhancement of the
arts throughout the region.
Commitment to Health
Delta State acknowledges the importance of physical health for its stu-
dents and the region and extends its resources in support of that goal.
Through undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing and pre-profes-
sional programs in the sciences, the University provides health care prac-
titioners to serve the State. The University works as the leading partner in
the Delta Health Alliance, a collaborative effort with other Delta stake-
holders that conducts research and provides education on the health care
needs of the region.
Commitment to Leadership
Delta State is actively involved in providing programs that train leaders for
the twenty-first century. Through partnerships with the Kellogg
Foundation, Delta Council, the Delta Regional Authority, and other Delta
organizations committed to advancement in the region, the University is
confident it can make a difference in the quality and training of the lead-
ers who will serve on behalf of future generations.
Commitment to Institutional Effectiveness
Delta State acknowledges its role as a public institution funded largely by
the citizens of Mississippi. In recognition of that public trust, the
University is committed to high standards of excellence with appropriate
emphasis on effectiveness and productivity.
Approved by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, March 18, 2004.
Revised by IHL June 18, 2013
PURPOSES OF GENERAL EDUCATION
General education is the foundation that supports success at Delta State
University and prepares the student for professional careers and lifelong learning
and service. Development of breadth and depth of knowledge, thinking and com-
munication skills, and diverse approaches to understanding will promote a use-
ful, happy, and productive life. The General Education Curriculum provided by
Delta State University encompasses the following:
Critical and Creative Thinking - Developing sound analytical and reasoning
skills and the ability to use them to think critically, solve problems, analyze
logically and quantitatively, and effectively respond to change
Communication - Developing skills to communicate effectively through
reading, writing, speaking, and listening
Quantitative Skills - Enhancing abilities for symbolic and numeric reasoning
and the ability to use and understand statistical and other quantitative tech-
niques to interpret data
Inquiry and Technology - Building the skills for the search, discovery, evalu-
ation, and application of information, including an understanding of the
nature and limits of appropriate technologies
Self - Developing a fundamental understanding of the intricate nature of
humans and the knowledge, interests, and skills to promote well-being and
Social Institutions - Understanding the major institutions of society and the
contemporary world, including families, work, voluntary associations, and
Cultural Awareness - Developing an understanding and appreciation of the
diverse cultures that form the global community
Perspectives - Gaining a knowledge and appreciation of human endeavors
in all aspects of life-including artistic, scientific, historic, economic, psycho-
logical, and social
Cross-disciplinary Appreciation - Developing an understanding of the con-
cepts of various disciplines and their interdependence
Values - Facilitating the search for moral, social, and ethical values and their
roles in making decisions and assuming personal responsibilities.
EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS FOR
At Delta State University faculty and administrators hold high expecta-
tions for students who have chosen this university. They ask students to
assume important responsibilities for their own intellectual growth and
personal development, taking full advantage of the many opportunities
for interaction and support that the University provides.
The faculty and administration also expect the students to contribute to
the improvement of the University by assisting in the evaluation and
assessment of its programs and services by responding honestly and con-
scientiously to course evaluations, opinion surveys, comprehensive
examinations, and other means of University assessment.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR
It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with degree require-
ments, graduation requirements, and all other aspects regarding academic
progress. Each student is assigned an advisor who will assist the student in plan-
ning course schedules and will give advice which assists the student toward time-
ly graduation; however, the ultimate responsibility for understanding and com-
pleting degree and graduation requirements lies with the student, not the advisor.
The campus of Delta State University consists of 332.11 acres of land within or
adjoining the western corporate limits of Cleveland.
The original site has been modified and enlarged to care for a growing enroll-
ment and for expanding educational activities. All buildings are centrally heated
and air-conditioned. Campus drives and walks, controlled parking areas, and
landscape gardening in harmony with the open spaces of the alluvial Delta have
been used to unify and blend old and new facilities. State agencies and
University authorities strive continuously to provide the physical facilities and the
setting for wholesome living and high academic attainment.
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