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Mission Statement

Norfolk State University, a comprehensive urban public institution, is committed to transforming students’ lives through exemplary teaching, research and service. Offering a supportive academic and culturally diverse environment for all, the University empowers its students to turn their aspirations into reality and achieve their full potential as well rounded, resourceful citizens and leaders for the 21st century. 

Vision Statement

Norfolk State University will be recognized nationally as a premier public institution with outstanding signature academic programs, innovative research, and community engagement opportunities.

The Virginia Beach Higher Education Center Mission Statement

The Norfolk State University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center’s mission statement represents its basic purpose and philosophy as an institution of higher learning and continuing education.

The Norfolk State University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and Continuing Education Department exists to provide multi-educational services and opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students, as well as lifelong learners throughout the Greater Hampton Roads community and beyond. This supports them in being able to accomplish their goals, achieve their highest potential, and have a better quality of life. Numerous credit and non-credit programs, classes, and services are provided for persons seeking a higher level of competence, leadership skills, personal enrichment, professional development, and career enhancement support.

The Center Accomplishes It's Mission Through the Following Means:

  • The Reclamation Project is designed to offer former Norfolk State University undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their degree requirements by taking full advantage of technology, while maintaining the academic integrity and intellectual rigor of the University.
  • Community and Professional Education provides dynamic outreach services by extending flexible training options to business and government partners. Educational services also provide an array of non-traditional learning methods to include live and online classroom delivery in a relaxed environment to meet community needs.
  • Technology services provide modern computer laboratory facilities and equipment for training and technological information.
  • Library Services Providing access to the students, faculty and staff anytime and anywhere. The library catalog, databases of journal articles and ebooks are available 24/7.
  • Criminal Justice Master’s Degree Program addressing the diverse needs of professionals who provide leadership in the justice system.
  • Conferences and Seminars to provide a venue for workshops, professional training, and personal enhancement, as well as the exchange of ideas.
  • Front Desk providing outstanding customer service to all constituents. Additionally, the front desk provides a visible Norfolk State University presence.

An important goal of the Center is:
“To increase the quality and quantity of off-campus classes and programs.”

Norfolk State University Accreditation

Norfolk State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Norfolk State University.