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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 challenge and support students, faculty, staff and alumni through meaningful engagement with the university, community and the world. Engagement enhances academic, personal and professional learning while reinforcing community service, civic engagement and ethical decision-making.

University Goals

Goal 5A: The university will create and sustain programs so that students, faculty and staff benefit and learn as a result of the pursuit of engagement, its concepts, value and practices.

Goal 5B: The university will create and strengthen connections that support participation in 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.

Major Initiatives

Expand Engagement

Engaged Learning. Increase the number of opportunities for students to participate in engaged-learning experiences.

  • Increase the percentage of students who Study Abroad from 25 to 33 by academic year 2017-18
  • Ensure that all majors have an integrating Capstone Experience by academic year 2016-17.
  • Expand experiential Learning/Mentoring/Networking opportunities.
  • Establish a Student Research Center and a Research Mini-Grant program to encourage more Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishments beginning in academic year 2014-15
  • Expand Career and Academic Planning Internship services by academic year 2015-16.
  • Expand co-curricular Leadership Activities opportunities.

Civic Engagement. Coordinate all curricular and co-curricular activities aimed at elevating civic knowledge and action; plan and implement hallmark civic engagement academic activities on campus and with James Madison’s Montpelier starting in academic year 2015-16.

Community Engagement. JMU already is recognized as a national leader by the Carnegie Foundation.

  • We will increase community engagement experiences for students, including Service Learning and Alternative Break, by 40 percent by academic year 2019-2020.

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 for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and 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.

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