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Core Qualities

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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

Engagement

We challenge and support students, faculty and staff through meaningful engagement with the campus, academics, alumni, the community and the world. Engagement enhances their academic, civic, personal and professional learning while reinforcing ethical decision-making and meeting the needs of others through service.

University Goals

Goal 5A: The university will develop new programs for students to foster the learning of engagement, its concepts, value and practices.

Goal 5B: The university will foster connections that engage constituents to be part of a global network aimed at achieving mutually beneficial outcomes.

Goal 5C: The university will expand its service provided to the local community, region, and beyond.

Goal 5D: The university will foster an environment of collaboration across colleges, schools, and departments.

 

Thoughts about this Core Quality

One term that was repeatedly noted as various research sources were coded was “engagement.” In fact, it may have been the most repeated idea concerning the future of JMU. It was mentioned repeatedly in President Alger’s listening tour events, in the faculty and staff town hall meetings, as well as in the research provided by the Environmental Scan Team of the Madison Future Commission. The president and senior leadership team identified engagement as the center of the university’s new vision statement: “To be the national model of the engaged university: engaged with ideas and with the world.” Further, the Student Life & Success Committee proposed a core quality that read: “To enhance their academic, career, civic and personal learning and development, JMU will challenge and support our students through meaningful engagement with the campus, alumni, the community, and beyond.” These ideas were combined and the result was this core quality on engagement.