Mission and Goals


The University of Virginia's College at Wise, a public liberal arts institution, provides students with learning experiences that offer opportunities to develop the insight, competence, sensitivity, and integrity necessary for living enriched lives and for enriching the lives of others. Established in 1954 as a college of the University of Virginia, it is guided by the values of citizenship and altruism. Proud of its Appalachian heritage, the College continues to honor its commitment of service to Southwest Virginia, the nation, and the world. The College is guided by a legacy of teaching and scholarly excellence and by a dedication to quality in both the arts and sciences and professional programs. Above all, The University of Virginia's College at Wise is a diverse community of people who believe that information can be transformed into knowledge and that teaching and learning create a foundation for wisdom.

Approved by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, February 4, 2004.

SCHEV staff reported approval to SCHEV board on January 11, 2005.

Desired Accomplishments/Goals

Teaching and learning at The University of Virginia's College at Wise are transformational experiences.

•  Students gain the skills necessary to continue to educate themselves.

•  Students are prepared to assume responsibility of citizenship.

•  Students learn to appreciate and respect diverse cultures.

•  Students discover the importance of being involved in the community.

•  Students understand the value of education.

•  Students acquire an international perspective.

•  Students value honor and integrity.

•  Students develop leadership skills.

The University of Virginia's College at Wise is nationally recognized for academic excellence in the liberal arts and specialized programs of study and is the college of choice for Southwest Virginia students.

•  The College is a community of learners supported by all constituents, faculty, staff, and students.

•  The College attracts and retains a talented faculty.

•  The College provides resources necessary for the continued professional growth and development of the faculty.

•  The College recruits a talented, culturally and geographically diverse student body.

•  The College's staff believes in its mission, support its programs, and genuinely care about its students.

•  The College combines the natural beauty of Southwest Virginia with state-of-the-art campus facilities.

•  The Colleges offers nationally recognized science and technology programs, which have a strong foundation in the liberal arts.

The University of Virginia's College at Wise has built a strong sense of community and improved the quality of life for the region.

•  The College is the cultural center for the region.

•  The College is an engine for economic growth.

•  The College continues to strengthen the quality of K-12 education in Southwest Virginia in partnership   with local schools.

•  The College is a leader in environmental stewardship.

•  The College plays an integral role in improving access to and the quality of healthcare in the region.

Approved by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, February 4, 2004.