Mission & Goals

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Leading the region, serving the world

Our Mission

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise seeks to provide students with the insight, competence, sensitivity, and integrity necessary for living enriched lives and enriching the lives of others. Since 1954, being Wise has meant being guided by citizenship and altruism. Proud of our Appalachian heritage, we continue to honor our commitment of service to Southwest Virginia, the nation, and the world. We pride ourselves in our legacy of teaching and scholarly excellence and our 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 on February 4, 2004. SCHEV staff reported approval to SCHEV Board on January 11, 2005. Reaffirmed by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors on June 5, 2014.

Goals and Vision

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has as its goals:

  • To provide its students the finest possible education in the public, liberal arts tradition that has guided the college since its inception.
  • To give students the ability, confidence, and initiative to use their undergraduate educational experience as a springboard for greater accomplishment.
  • To make our students critical thinkers who make decisions based on research and evidence while retaining their commitment to fairness and compassion.

Through these goals, UVa-Wise students will be introduced to the concept of personal and professional excellence.  By inculcating in them an appreciation for the benefits of lifelong education and teaching them the skills necessary to carry that habit forward, UVa-Wise is helping lay the foundation for the success of future generations.  Through these habits, they will develop leadership skills based in honor, integrity, effort, and knowledge.  As a result, graduates of UVa-Wise are globally aware, prepared for the responsibilities of citizenship, and poised to become a steward of their community, state, nation, and world.

With these goals in mind, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is striving to become an outstanding liberal arts college recognized for its commitment to and expansion of the College’s traditional liberal arts foundation. In order to achieve this, the College is committed to a series of endeavors that will strengthen the institution and its mission. UVa-Wise will continue to strengthen its liberal arts core in ways that will make it a regional leader in interdisciplinary education, engaged learning, and community service. The College will increase its commitment to experiential learning through international study, guided research, and internship opportunities. It will utilize the liberal arts as a way to enhance and expand STEM-H programs. The student body will be better qualified, more inspired, and possess greater diversity as a primary element in our path toward excellence. To fulfill our mission, the College will expand its outreach and service efforts within our local community and region. These interconnected elements will provide a transformational impetus to existing programs and encourage the development of new initiatives.

Approved by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, June 5,  2014.


The documents you will find on these pages reflect our best hopes for ourselves as well as for those we serve – our students and the citizens of our region and the Commonwealth.