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Core Values

Core Values

Learning: Student learning and development are the primary purposes of the University of Central Missouri.  All institutional services exist to support the academic mission of the institution, and student life is viewed as an important facet of the educational experience.  Central Missouri faculty and staff members believe strongly in the importance of educating the whole person and preparing students for lifelong learning.  UCM provides all students with a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation and strives to instill in each of them the importance of freedom of expression and inquiry.  Central Missouri is committed to improving public education in Missouri and beyond.

Excellence: The University of Central Missouri sets high expectations for students and graduates and demands excellence in teaching and in delivery of services.  Central Missouri promotes quality and excellence in staff and faculty members through its many professional development activities.  The university promotes the development and well-being of each member of the campus community, which in turn fosters a strong commitment to the institution.

Service: "Education for Service" is Central Missouri's official motto. The UCM community promotes involvement and provides experiences that foster a lifelong commitment to service.  The university believes in the importance of sharing its human and academic resources with schools, businesses, industries and public agencies through partnerships and outreach activities.  Central Missouri also serves as an informational, cultural and artistic center for Missouri citizens.

Responsibility: The University of Central Missouri places a high value on being ethical in all practices, and faculty members strive to impress this value upon their students.  Central Missouri strives to employ the most efficient and appropriate use of fiscal and human resources in order to provide students with a quality, affordable higher education experience.  Faculty and staff members value fact-based decision making through collegial deliberation.

Adaptability: Preparing students for a global, technologically changing world requires Central Missouri faculty and staff members to be adaptive and responsive in developing and delivering programs and services.  The university places a high value on the leadership shown by its faculty and staff.  Central Missouri has a strong future orientation and a willingness to make long-term commitments when necessary, as well as the flexibility to respond quickly to meet regional and state needs.

Diversity: The University of Central Missouri is committed to attracting and supporting a diverse body of students, faculty and staff members.  The campus strives to be responsive to the specific needs of people with physical handicaps and offers educational programs to allow all students to reach their full potential.  Central Missouri encourages acceptance and respect of individuals with differing values, ideas, beliefs, abilities and life experiences.  The university promotes good citizenship, a sense of civic responsibility, global awareness and an appreciation for human diversity at all levels.

Community: Through the Central Community Creed, students, faculty and staff members pledge to create a community based on the seven principles described in the Carnegie Foundation's Campus Life: In Search of Community – learning, open, just, caring, disciplined, purposeful and celebrative.  Faculty and staff members strive to create and maintain effective channels of communication.  The university also values the local community and engages in numerous partnerships.

Approved by the University of Central Missouri's
Board of Governors, February 2003