Mission & Goals

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Our College’s Mission Statement

Below you’ll find our college mission statement, campus goals, and university vision statement, along with information on our code of ethics. Each of these statements represents cooperative aspects of the heart and soul of the UVa-Wise campus and community, and the collective identity created by our faculty, staff, and students.

The UVa-Wise Mission Statement

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.

The UVa-Wise College Goals

The goals of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise are:

  • To provide our students the finest possible education in the public liberal arts tradition.
  • To give students the ability, confidence and initiative to use their undergraduate educational experience as a springboard for greater accomplishments.
  • To encourage critical thinking among our students and enable them to make decisions based on research and evidence while retaining their commitment to fairness and compassion.

If we accomplish these college goals, UVa-Wise students will have the opportunity to achieve 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, our students will develop leadership skills based on honor, integrity, effort and knowledge. As a result, graduates of UVa-Wise will be globally aware, prepared for the responsibilities of citizenship and poised to become stewards of their community, state, nation and world.

The UVa-Wise Vision Statement

With these goals in mind, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise strives 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 build up 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.

The college will enhance and expand STEM-H programs through the liberal arts. The student body will be better qualified, more inspired and more diverse—primary elements 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.

Additional College Goals & Ethics Information

UVa-Wise abides by the The University of Virginia’s Code of Ethics.

Read more about our previous college goals and campus vision statements.