Vision, Values, Mission, Goals & Core Themes

      • Vision 

        Students are drawn to our dynamic and unique programs, passionate faculty, welcoming staff, and close-knit learning environment; graduates are independent learners, thinkers, and doers actively contributing to their communities. 


        We value:

        • diversity, and the individuality of learners.
        • a culture of inquiry and evidence-based decision making.
        • academic integrity.
        • open engagement with ideas and respectful engagement with each other.
        • personal accountability for the integrity and success of the University.
        • commitment to our communities.
        • transparency and an ethic of fairness. 


        We are a teaching-focused university offering a wide range of programs and services that enable students to succeed in their current studies, in their ongoing education, in their chosen careers, in their lifelong pursuit of knowledge, and in their contribution as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing and diverse global community. 

        Institutional Goals

        Arising from the Mission statement, the Institutional Goals are broadly defined as the general areas of success that are desired for all students. From the Mission, the Institutional Goals are:

        • Student success in ongoing education
        • Student success in chosen career
        • Student success in lifelong pursuit of knowledge
        • Student success in contributing as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing and diverse global community

        In support of the specific knowledge, understanding, and skills developed in individual programs, the institution has identified seven broad learning outcomes for all students. These institutional student learning outcomes are:

        • Self-directed learning, awareness, and responsibility
        • Up-to-date information gathering and research skills
        • Communication skills
        • Quantitative reasoning ability
        • Group and social interaction skills
        • Creative, critical, and analytical thinking skills
        • Community/global consciousness and responsibility

        Student achievement of these outcomes will be defined within the context of each program. While different programs of study will have a different emphasis on each of these outcomes and differing levels of expected competence, all programs are expected to address every outcome. These general student outcomes, along with the program specific outcomes, are the basis for measuring the success of the institution.

        Core Themes

        1. OPPORTUNITY
        This core theme is about ensuring access to opportunities for engagement with an academic environment that inspires and encourages them to explore themselves and their communities in new and productive ways, leading to enhanced learning within and beyond the university. Through exploration and inspiration, our learners become empowered, confident and intentional.

        2. LEARNING
         This core theme is about engaging with and contributing to a challenging environment in ways that help all our learners discover new pathways to knowledge and new connections amongst their various communities. Through discovery and creativity, our learners are well prepared to apply the knowledge and experience they have acquired.

        3. COMMUNITY
         This core theme is about inspiring, connecting and engaging all member of the University community, helping them imagine and explore new connections and new engagements with the public we all serve, enhancing the mutual support and collaboration of our communities.  Through connection and engagement our learners will make positive contributions that enrich and enhance their communities.