Mission & Vision


The University is an innovative, coeducational, independent institution offering undergraduate and graduate students a career-focused education marked by individualized attention, civility, and respect for difference. The University blends the liberal arts with career exploration and planning, complementing a traditional education with applied learning beyond the classroom. The University meets students where they are and supports and challenges them to become reflective and accomplished individuals committed to a lifetime of learning and contribution. Students graduate with the competence and confidence needed to address creatively the opportunities and problems facing their communities, the nation, and the world.


The University will become a national leader in collaborative career-focused liberal arts education and will equip its graduates to visualize and achieve excellence in a dynamic global community.


The core values of the University provide a foundation for faculty, staff, and students to fulfill the mission and achieve the vision of the institution. The values are focused on community, learning, integrity, and excellence.

  • Promoting a sense of community, the University embraces the common bonds and obligations within and beyond the campus while respecting individual and cultural differences.
  • Fostering learning, the University promotes the pursuit of theoretical and practical knowledge while encouraging a life well-lived–a lifelong philosophy of informed, critical thinking to meet evolving challenges and opportunities.
  • Instilling integrity, the University requires acting with dignity and honesty while adhering consistently to the University’s ethical codes.
  • Achieving excellence, the University lauds superior performance while recognizing the importance of persistence toward goals.


Academic Affairs

The University will support faculty and students in their pursuit of academic excellence by integrating academics with experiential learning and career preparation, and by establishing a solid liberal arts foundation.


Stevenson is an innovative institution of higher education that will fulfill its mission, advance its vision, and integrate its values with the engaged support of its faculty, students, staff, and others.

Student Life

The University will engage its community in creative, intellectual, social, and athletic experiences, and it will foster a campus climate characterized by intellectual rigor, wellness, diversity, civility, and environmental consciousness, as well as self-awareness, and national and global awareness.

Financial Resources

The University will enhance its financial resources by increasing revenues, aligning costs with strategic initiatives, identifying additional opportunities, and responding effectively to any associated challenges.