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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

We embrace access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission.

University Goals

Goal 3A: The university will determine the composition of the student body that is both appropriate and adaptable to the changing needs of the university and the Commonwealth.

Goal 3B: The university will expand access, building new bridges to cross existing socioeconomic, geographic, learning and/or physical barriers to participation in academic pursuits and campus activities.

Goal 3C: The university will show evidence of a continuously improving environment that is welcoming and inclusive; such that events, messages, symbols, and services express mutual respect.

Goal 3D: The university will continue personal and professional development related to enhancing understanding of diversity while leveraging increased diversity through university/community partnerships.

Goal 3E: The university will increase merit and need-based scholarship offerings.

Goal 3F: The university will infuse a value and culture of diversity into the primary teaching, research and service approaches of academic units.

Major Initiatives

Further Enhance High-Quality Academic Programs

Expand Access to JMU.

  • Seek greater private support to increase merit-based assistance, such as Madison Achievement Scholarships.
  • Increase need-based scholarships by meeting 50 percent of need.
  • Establish Valley Scholars, a new program targeting first-generation students, in academic year 2014-15.
  • Seek greater private support to expand Centennial Scholars and Professors in Residence programs.
  • Increase the Preparing Future Faculty program and partnerships with two additional historically black colleges and universities by academic year 2016-17.

Thoughts about this Core Quality

Every source of input received in the process of preparing the strategic plan - from all five Madison Future Commission committees, to the SWOT study done by the Internal Analysis Team as well as feedback from President Alger’s listening tour and town hall meetings - agreed that diversity must continue to be a point of emphasis for JMU. In addition, inclusion and access were referenced as important qualities by the Student Life & Success Committee of the Madison Future Commission. That committee wrote: “To prepare global, enlightened citizens, JMU will be an environment that promotes inclusiveness, accessibility, and a supportive community for all students, faculty, staff, and constituents.” The Faculty and Staff Success Committee added: JMU is a beacon of access and opportunity with a culture and structures that foster engagement and diversity.The University Planning Team saw the relationship between access – providing opportunity; inclusion – providing community; and diversity – providing the richness of difference; and grouped the three into this core quality.

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