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Vision, Mission, Values

Reaffirmed by the Washburn Board of Regents in 2018

Vision of the University

Washburn University is a premier public Midwest regional institution recognized as a community leader in providing a superior student-centered, teaching-focused learning experience, preparing graduates for success in their chosen profession and stimulating economic vitality.

Mission of the University

Washburn University enriches the lives of students by providing opportunities for them to develop and to realize their intellectual, academic, and professional potential, leading to becoming productive and responsible citizens. We are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarly work, quality academic and professional programs, and high levels of faculty-student interaction. We develop and engage in relationships to enhance educational experiences and our community.

Core Values of the University

Core values guide decision making and provide the foundation for directing our efforts, resources, and conduct. In keeping with the University’s founding heritage, the faculty, staff, administration, and students are committed to the following core values of Washburn University:

Integrity: acting in an honest, fair, and ethical manner creating a culture of trust evident in all University activities and decision making.

Excellence: serving our scholarly community by delivering consistently high-quality programs, teaching, service, and scholarship.

Inclusion: cultivating an inclusive learning. Living, and working community, facilitating the success of all people, and supporting all individuals.

Accountability: being held responsible for academic, programmatic, and fiscal integrity and value while prudently managing the resources entrusted to the University.

Respect: embracing diversity and treating others collegially with civility, openness, and professionalism in all interactions, activities, and decision making.

Collaboration: working toward common goals with others in the University and the community while valuing teamwork, participation, and diversity of ideas and perspectives.

Innovation: encouraging, considering, and supporting development of ideas by fostering individual ingenuity and creativity and creating an environment with opportunities for growth and change.

Diversity Mission Statement

Washburn is committed to cultivating an inclusive learning, living, and working community, facilitating the success of all people, and supporting all individuals. An inclusive community values diversity in culture, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, nationality, place of origin, language, ability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious and non-religious identity, political and social ideology, family background, veteran status, and age, as well as the intersections of these identities. The University strives to provide opportunities for its members to reflect upon their own perspectives while examining the perspectives of others, resulting in a culture of empathy and respect for all.