Vision, Mission & Values



The University of Southern Mississippi is a community of engaged citizens, operating as a public, student-centered, doctoral-granting research university serving Mississippi, the nation, and the world. The University is dedicated to scholarship and learning, integrating students at all levels in the creation and application of knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, outreach, and service.  The University nurtures student success by providing distinctive and competitive educational programs embedded in a welcoming environment, preparing a diverse student population to embark on meaningful life endeavors. 


The University of Southern Mississippi aspires to be a model student-centered public research university that prepares students to thrive in a global society by providing high quality programs and transformative experiences in a community distinguished by inclusiveness.


The mission of the institution is supported by the following values: 

  1. Research and instructional excellence focused on student success at all teaching sites and  through campus-based and distance education
  2. Student engagement that fosters personal growth, professional development, and a lifelong commitment to wellness
  3. An inclusive community that embraces the diversity of people and ideas
  4. Institutional governance that respects academic freedom and faculty inclusion
  5. A campus culture characterized by warmth and mutually-supportive connections among students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  6. An approach to academics, research, and personal conduct based on integrity and civility
  7. An evolving curriculum that fosters lifelong curiosity and critical thinking
  8. Community participation that promotes social responsibility and citizenship


  1. Support student success to foster retention, progression and graduation 
  2. Promote teaching, research, and creative excellence  
  3. Strategically expand undergraduate and graduate enrollment  
  4. Strengthen economic and community partnerships 
  5. Invest in faculty and staff to maximize their potential 
  6. Promote a culture of inclusiveness of people and ideas 
  7. Enhance physical, technological, and financial infrastructure to support our mission, vision, and values
  8. Improve efficiency and effectiveness of institutional processes and systems