The Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences is the only College of Government in the State of Louisiana if not in the region. Like the world icon, the Honorable President Emeritus Nelson Mandela, for whom the College is named after, the college stresses Service and competence. So the mission of the College is to attract and educate men and women from across the globe who will matriculate with the spirit of service, superb competence and employability skills needed in the market, and who further will acquire the uncompromising spirit to fight for Justice and Equality. As President Barak Obama once observed: “The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own.”
Teaching, research and service are the three common threads which underpin the role of most institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world. The question then is this - what is one’s philosophy in addressing these areas? My philosophy is simple: A good institution will produce students who because of the values added during their matriculation, would graduate leaders who will be productive citizens in their chosen disciplines. Please permit me to expand a little. In order to ensure that values are added during their matriculation-effective teaching shall be required and must be made part of an institution’s teaching portfolio. Teaching effectiveness is guaranteed when each course taught specifies in measureable ways the expected learning outcomes. In order words, each course syllabus must clearly spell out the learning outcomes which must be measureable. This is one of the ways of measuring values added.