Mission: We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated
and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.
Vision: To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.
Values: Academic Quality, Community, Diversity, Excellence, Integrity and Student Focus
Academic Quality: Outstanding Programs
We believe in the relevance and importance of the liberal arts and sciences and are committed to maintaining strong student/faculty interaction. Through our distinguished faculty and staff, we offer academically challenging programs, providing an exemplary undergraduate education and distinctive graduate studies while maintaining high accountability for learning through effective assessment.
Goal 1A: The university will foster student success by providing a holistic learning environment focused on furthering intellectual development as well as education in areas such as teamwork, leadership, collaboration, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurship, ethics, citizenship, sustainability and service.
Goal 1B: The university will provide high-impact learning experiences such as undergraduate research, service learning, internships and study abroad programs in a climate that fosters intellectual engagement in and outside the classroom.
Goal 1C: The university will recruit and retain high-quality faculty and staff through providing competitive salaries, other compensation and opportunities for professional development.
Goal 1D: The university will be a national leader in the assessment of learning.
Goal 1E: The university will develop programs that are responsive to the needs of the Commonwealth, nation, and the world.
Thoughts about this Core Quality
One of the things JMU President Jon Alger learned on his listening tour during the summer and fall of 2012 is that the relationship between the faculty and students at JMU is the primary currency of our success. The importance of those faculty and student relationships was also emphasized during the Madison Future Commission town hall meetings. Our alumni also emphasized that the culture of JMU that fosters individual faculty and student relationships must be a JMU asset into the future. In drafting a core quality to that end, the Academics Committee of the Madison Future Commission wrote: “JMU is a community committed to academic rigor and teaching excellence across all programs. We safeguard sustainable high quality academics through intentional and strategic planning.” The University Planning Team adapted that into the first core quality. That was then broadened by the university’s senior leadership team, resulting in two academics-related core qualities to reflect the importance of academics overall. So, this core quality addresses academic quality in terms of our excellence in programs – as a context for the aforementioned relationships - while the next core quality represents our commitment to teaching as well as scholarship and research.