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Mission, History, & Goals


The mission of Patten University is to develop, inspire, and empower leaders to effect global and community transformation by delivering accessible, rigorous, and practical undergraduate and graduate distance education in the areas of Christian ministry, business, leadership, management, and technology.

To see how Patten measures achievement of its mission, we encourage prospective students to review its Institutional Effectiveness plan, available at Institutional Outcomes.



For over four decades, Patten University has been a standard bearer for academic excellence in business, leadership, project management, procurement, and supply chain management – and has served thousands of dedicated students and professionals. Formerly "American Graduate University", the University is uniquely qualified to offer courses and degree programs in the fields of leadership, business, general management, and program management. It has a well-defined and structured curriculum and a highly qualified faculty.


  • Meet the increasing demand on corporate and government entities for further education in the subject fields in which the University specializes.

  • Provide an educational delivery method that is flexible, productive and cost-effective.

  • Anticipate and provide new or revised programs that meet the ever-changing requirements of the University’s market areas.

  • Provide exemplary admissions, course registration fulfillment, student services and record-keeping while demonstrating a commitment to helping students and faculty in a courteous, ethical and timely manner.

  • Foster an environment that promotes a life of learning for its students and faculty and uses feedback from its community to continuously improve the quality of its instruction, learning and support services.


The general objectives of the University for each student are to provide:

  • A foundation in the general management principles applicable to the operation of any business and their specific application to the areas of acquisition management, project/program management, contract management, supply chain management, and general management.

  • A comprehension of his or her own present functional interests in relation to business as a whole, and to the total economic, political, technological and social environment.

  • An explanation of the importance of management and leadership in business.

  • An increased ability to research and solve problems independently.

  • A recognition of the proper relationship of basic principles to the changing techniques used to implement them.

  • Facility in critical analysis, and analytical, communication, quantitative and synthesizing skills.

  • A combination of breadth in the total knowledge area, with a detailed, scaleable amount of depth in functional specialty areas.

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