Mission Statement & Core Themes

Mission Statement
Approved by the Board of Regents in November 2011.

Montana State University, the State's land-grant institution, educates students, creates knowledge and art, and serves communities, by integrating learning, discovery, and engagement.

Core Themes

Educate Students

  • Our graduates will have achieved mastery in their major disciplines.
  • Our graduates will become active citizens and leaders.
  • Our graduates will have a multicultural and global perspective.
  • Our graduates understand the ways that knowledge and art are created and applied in a variety of disciplines.
  • Our graduates are prepared for careers in their fields.
  • We will provide increased access to our educational programs.
  • Communities and external stakeholders benefit from broadly defined educational partnerships with MSU.

 Create Knowledge & Art

  • Students, faculty, and staff will create knowledge and art that is communicated widely.

 Serve Communities

  • Education as a Public Service
    • We help meet a fundamental need of the citizens of Montana by providing degree programs for our students.
    • We help meet the educational needs of the citizens of Montana by providing a wide range of educational opportunities to a variety of students.
  • Service by the MSU Community
    • Our students, staff, faculty, and administrators reach out to engage and serve communities.
  • Service to the MSU Community
    • Our students, staff, faculty, and administrators reach in to build the university community.

Integrate Learning, Discovery & Engagement

  • Each graduate will have had experiences that integrate learning, discovery and engagement.
  • Outreach activities will educate students and address the needs of the communities we serve.
  • Students, faculty, and staff will create knowledge and art that addresses societal needs.
  • MSU is a community that will be characterized by synergy within and across disciplines, roles and functions.

Stewardship

  • Stewardship of the public trust
    • The public trusts the institution to operate openly and use resources wisely.
  • Stewardship of human resources
    • The faculty and staff are well-qualified and supported.
  • Stewardship of our cultural heritage
    • MSU will support Native American students, programs, and communities.
    • MSU will be an inclusive community, supporting and encouraging diversity.
  • Stewardship of public resources
    • Our publicly provided resources are used efficiently and effectively.
  • Stewardship of natural resources
    • Natural resources are used efficiently and sustainably.
    • MSU nurtures a culture of resource conservation and ecological literacy among students, faculty and staff.
  • Stewardship of physical resources
    • Our physical infrastructure (e.g., buildings, equipment, open spaces) will be well-maintained and useful.
Core Themes - Full Document (pdf)
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