Academic Goals of the University

  1. The University will promote and defend the free and open exchange of intellectual views and creative expressions of personal vision.
  2. The University will provide quality instruction in a broad range of undergraduate, graduate and credential programs that meet or exceed recognized standards of scholarly excellence.
  3. The University will provide quality instruction in the Liberal Arts and Sciences in support of the breadth component of a student's baccalaureate education. In particular: The University will guide students in the search for knowledge through critical thinking and the attainment of effective levels of expressive, artistic, and scientific literacy. Those who graduate will be versatile in their approach to problems and refined in their ability to frame, test, and communicate intellectual arguments and hypotheses. They will have knowledge of the arts, history, and cultural identities of past and current societies. They will understand the value of being caring and humane citizens engaged by the challenges facing their evolving communities. The University will provide curricular and co-curricular activities to enhance global thinking and environmental awareness, and to cultivate respect for cultural diversity, both within and beyond the boundaries of its educational community. The University will collaborate with partners in its surrounding communities to provide "service learning" opportunities for enhancing the educational experiences and civic awareness of our students.
  4. The scholarly and creative work of the University's faculty will be recognized for its qualitative excellence within and beyond the region. In support of this goal: The University will provide sufficient resources to encourage and reward qualitative improvements in faculty development and staff support, especially as these relate to teaching, research, creative endeavors, and academic planning.
  5. The University will emphasize technological literacy as a means to improving teaching and learning. To facilitate this goal: The University will provide sufficient access to the emerging information and instructional technologies in support of the teaching and learning priorities of the faculty and students. The University will provide for sufficient staff training and technical support to encourage effective uses of these technologies by the faculty, staff, and students.
  6. The University's library will be recognized throughout the region for the quality of its holdings and access to information in support of the instructional and research mission of the faculty and students.