Mission Statement Review

The Board of Regents is responsible for periodically evaluating the University’s progress in implementing its mission, goals and objectives in accordance with and for the purposes stated in Kentucky Revised Statutes 164.350(2).  In order for the Mission of the University to continue to be articulated in an effective and relevant manner and to align with the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, a University Mission Review team comprised of persons from across the University has developed a revised Mission Statement. 

The current Mission Statement and a draft of the revised Mission Statement are provided.  Please include suggestions in the comment box regarding the revised Mission Statement.  The responses will be forwarded to Chris Wooldridge, facilitator of the Mission Statement Review team, for further review.  Please submit your comments by Friday, May 5, 2017,  by 12 noon.

Current Mission Statement

Murray State University serves as a nationally recognized residential comprehensive university, with a strong extended campus and online presence, offering high-quality associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctorate degrees. Academic programs are offered in the core areas of arts and sciences, agriculture, business, health and human services, teacher education, communications, engineering and applied technologies, and nursing. Teaching, research, and service excellence are core values and guiding principles that promote economic development and the well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the region.

Murray State University places a high premium on academic outreach, collaborative relationships with alumni, the public schools, business and industry, governmental agencies, and other colleges and universities at home and abroad. Murray State University prepares graduates to function in a culturally diverse, technologically oriented society and increasingly interdependent world. The University is committed to international education as an integral dimension of the university experience.

Murray State University emphasizes student-centered learning and educational experiences that include first year experience, the Honors College, internships, study-abroad programs, service learning, research and creative projects, residential colleges, and student organizations.

In sum, Murray State University fosters an exciting and challenging learning environment.

Draft Mission Statement

Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities. We offer relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs centered in the liberal arts and sciences, leading to degrees from certificates to advanced practice doctorates that prepare students for success. Through effective and creative teaching, the chance to apply knowledge and skills to real-world situations, and academic and student support services, our quality faculty and staff foster student growth in knowledge, critical inquiry, and innovative thinking.  As a public comprehensive university dedicated to diversity and intellectual curiosity, we actively engage students, faculty, staff, and the community in collaborative scholarship, creative activity, and research. We invest in our communities through thoughtful public service in both our eighteen-county service region and beyond.  Our uniqueness arises from our combination of academic excellence, welcoming atmosphere, and dedication to student success through mentored, real-world learning opportunities in an open-minded and supportive learning environment. That distinctiveness makes us the university of choice for students, parents, faculty, staff, and our communities.


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