Mission, Values & Roles

MISSION

Utah Valley University is a teaching institution which provides opportunity, promotes student success, and meets regional educational needs. UVU builds on a foundation of substantive scholarly and creative work to foster engaged learning. The university prepares professionally competent people of integrity who, as lifelong learners and leaders, serve as stewards of a globally interdependent community.

Values

As a regional state university composed of qualified professionals, we are committed to these core values:

LEARNING AND SCHOLARSHIP: UVU values preparing intellectually resilient graduates for a future of continuous and cross-disciplinary learning. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to engage in a broad array of academic, professional, and experiential learning opportunities and scholarly endeavors that foster professional and personal growth, that build real-world capabilities, and result in honest, challenging, and significant intellectual work.

CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING: UVU values the broad acquisition of knowledge and recognizes the value of critical and creative thinking and practical skills. We prepare students to contribute to society, adapt creatively to new challenges, and thrive in an ever-changing world community.

ACADEMIC FREEDOM: UVU values the free exchange of ideas and builds an academic climate conducive to such expression. We encourage thoughtful debate and civil discourse. We respect the right and responsibility of faculty and students to explore topics relevant to the educational experience.

ETHICS AND INTEGRITY: UVU values ethics education and ethical behavior. We engage members of the campus and community in experiences that encourage a broader understanding of ethics across disciplines, professions, and communities. Honor and integrity, respect and civility, commitment and diligence are essential in our learning community and in interpersonal relationships.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND OPENNESS: UVU values the opportunity to be accountable for our academic, professional, and fiscal stewardships. We welcome the responsibility to assess and examine the effectiveness and implications of our programs and initiatives. UVU embraces open dialogue and transparent decision-making.

ENGAGED LEARNING: UVU values student engagement, scholarly excellence, and creative work. We support active learning and professional development for students, faculty, and staff. We cultivate community leadership and strong relationships that extend the university into the workplace and region.

DIVERSITY: UVU values a welcoming and diverse learning environment that embraces all people and transcends differences. Diversity enriches the intellectual and social engagement of the learning community. We support a student and workforce community that reflects the entire population.

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT: UVU is a multicultural community that values cultural literacy and actively supports learning that crosses cultural and political boundaries. We engage locally, regionally, nationally, and globally in order to fulfill our mission.

Roles

As a regional state university, Utah Valley University:

Provides quality academic learning opportunities for students through programs at the certificate, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. To encourage responsible citizenship, emphasis is placed on engaged teaching and learning as well as scholarly work, research, creative achievements, career and technical education, and community and professional engagement.

Provides access to higher education and offers a broad range of opportunities from developmental education through honors programs. The institution provides services designed to meet the educational and personal needs of students, to foster student success, to prepare students for meaningful lifework, and to provide access through a variety of modalities, including satellite campuses and the use of technology.

Promotes economic and cultural development to contribute to the quality of life of the region and state. The institution fosters economic development and provides a talent-force to meet the needs of a dynamic economy by offering credit and non-credit programs and services for individuals and organizations. UVU provides cultural experiences that enrich the community and offer significant and varied opportunities for continuous learning.


 

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