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Section B. Institutional Priorities and Goals


Providing excellent academic programs with a liberal arts and sciences core.Central to the University's mission are academic programs that prepare students to become active citizens of a diverse, democratic society in a technologically advanced world. The General Education program, required of all undergraduate students, provides a broad liberal arts and sciences curriculum that develops students' intellectual skills, broadens their educational horizons, and helps them function effectively as educated citizens. A wide range of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs enable students to achieve their career goals in the liberal arts and sciences, visual and performing arts, and professional and technical fields.

GOAL 1: Excellent Teaching and Learning

The University will provide all students with knowledge and skills in their fields of inquiry, including the opportunity for meaningful experiential learning that links their programs of study to the practice in their chosen careers.

GOAL 2: Highly Qualified Faculty and Staff

The University will recruit, develop, and retain diverse, well-prepared faculty who are skillful teachers and active scholars committed to serving the University and the community at large. The University also will recruit, develop, and retain diverse, high-quality staff members who use their talents, commitment, and professional knowledge and skills to support the work of the University community.

GOAL 3: Superb Programs and Services

All academic, support, technological, and administrative processes and programs will be regularly and systematically subjected to internal or external review and assessment in the interest of continuous improvement. All units will regularly assess students' achievement and the degree to which they are satisfied with their education and use the results to evaluate and improve the quality of programs and services.


Offering access to educational programs throughout our service region. Improving access includes identifying and successfully recruiting students, offering an appropriate variety of programs, delivery methods, and support activities, as well as programs at an affordable cost, to better support our students'potential for success.

GOAL 1: Enrollment Management

Recruit and retain diverse, qualified, and committed students and provide support services and activities that increase their academic success.

GOAL 2: Affordability

Provide affordable high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and noncredit programs that serve the needs of the region.

GOAL 3: Accessibility

Provide the capability to deliver programs through traditional, face-to-face, web-based, ITV, and blended delivery methods.


Serving the social, cultural, and economic life of the region, state, and nation. To be a good citizen of the local and global communities, the University is committed to engaging in activities that enrich not only our students but also our employees and neighbors. As a natural setting for interaction in small and large groups, physical and virtual campuses serve as a resource for people, places, and things in our immediate and distant surroundings. This includes, but is not limited to, the cultivation of events and environments that encourage collaboration in the development, dissemination, and sharing of information and opportunities for the good of all.

GOAL 1: Regional Social, Economic, Educational, and Professional Development

The University will develop networks of people, organizations, and funding sources to expand our scope and reach and enhance the economic development of the region. This includes the cultivation and development of intellectual property and nurturing of ideas, individuals, and institutions.

GOAL 2: Regional Information Center

The University will continue to serve as a primary source of information and educational services as well as to provide opportunities for collaborative work in applied and basic scholarly research.

GOAL 3: Regional Cultural Centre

The University will maintain and expand existing venues as well as develop and construct new ones to showcase the contemporary trends, cultural heritage, and historical foundations of the region.


Enhancing the University community.

The University continues to promote an environment and community conducive to anticipating, understanding, and meeting the needs of our students. Additionally, the institution is committed to maintaining a diverse community that supports excellence in education and personal growth in the endeavors of students, faculty, and staff consistent with the Mission of the University.

GOAL 1: Meeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff

Provide a community in which all students have a positive learning/personal growth experience supported by caring faculty and staff, and in which faculty and staff enjoy a positive, fulfilling work environment.

GOAL 2: Diversity and Leadership

The University will continue to promote a campus environment in which the richness of human difference is recognized and affirmed in our institutional standards, communication processes, and curriculum; will continue to demonstrate for our service region the best practices in the area of diversity; and will strive toward a leadership position as a diverse educational community in our state and nation.

GOAL 3: Community Building

The University will continue to cultivate an environment that encourages civility, mutual respect, open communication, inclusive decision-making, difference of opinion, and appreciation for a broad definition of human diversity.


Practicing wise stewardship of the University's human and financial resources and providing high-quality facilities and infrastructure that support the educational mission.

To attract and retain students and to serve the region, the University must foster and maintain a human, financial, physical, and technological infrastructure that supports high-quality academic programs, campus life, and regional service. Given that the resources of the University are finite, the internal and external development and management of resources are central to the ability of the University to fulfill its mission. Wise stewardship of resources involves a constant effort to allocate limited resources effectively among competing goals.

GOAL 1: Information Technology in Support of University Community and Productivity

The University will develop and maintain information systems and provide high-quality training and support that result in optimal use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, community, and productivity of students, faculty, and staff.

GOAL 2: Resource Management

The University will demonstrate appropriate stewardship in developing and maintaining academic and non-academic programs through the proper balancing of financial revenues and expenditures to effectively enable the accomplishment of the University's mission, strategic priorities, and goals.

GOAL 3: Effective Management of University Facilities and Physical Assets

The University will develop and maintain high-quality facilities through a balanced program of preventive maintenance, construction and repair. Revised Summer 2004