Mission & Goals

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Our College’s Mission Statement

Below you’ll find our college mission, goals, and 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

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 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 Statement

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

  • To provide its students the fi nest 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 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.

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 stewards of their community, state, nation and world.

In order to achieve these goals, 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. The College will utilize the liberal arts as a way to enhance and expand STEM-H programs. 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.

Ethics Information

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