Core Purpose and Values

Core Purpose

To pursue and share knowledge through study, inquiry and creation in order to empower the individual and enrich society.

Core Values


We take accountability for our actions and adhere to the highest ethical standards in all our professional obligations and personal responsibilities. We demonstrate respect for self, others and place.

Academic Excellence

We are committed to a dynamic intellectual community, high academic standards, strong academic programs, exceptional teacher-scholars, engaged students and lifelong learners.

Liberal Arts Education

We encourage intellectual curiosity and foster each student’s ability to think creatively and analyze, synthesize, apply and communicate knowledge from many sources.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We create and nurture a diverse and inclusive community demonstrated through our thoughts, words and actions. We value and respect the unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences every individual has to offer.

Student Centeredness

We are devoted to nurturing thriving scholar-citizens through the intellectual, ethical and social development of each individual student.


We act with an entrepreneurial spirit to imagine and implement creative, bold and sustainable solutions in our pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement.

Public Mission

We demonstrate social responsibility in meeting the educational and professional needs of our community, our state, our nation and the world.