Vision, Mission & Core Values

Vision: What we aspire to be

The University of Southern Mississippi will emerge as the premier research university of the Gulf South -- engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.

Mission: What we do

Our primary mission is to cultivate intellectual development and creativity through the generation, dissemination, application and preservation of knowledge.

Values: What we believe

Our mission is supported by the values that have been formed through the history and traditions of our institution. These values are widely and deeply held beliefs of our faculty, staff, students, and administrators:

  • Education provides opportunities to improve the quality of intellectual, social, economic, and personal well-being. These opportunities should be available to all who are willing and able to meet our standards of excellence.
  • Our success is reflected by the degree to which our students become well-read, articulate, and creative and critical thinkers. It is measured by their display of specialized knowledge and abilities suitable to the pursuit of a career and life in our complex, ever-changing world.
  • We cherish innovation in the creation and application of basic and applied research findings, creative and artistic expression, meaningful learning experiences, the scope of services provided to our students and the broader community that we sustain, and the continuing evolution of degree programs that both respond to and anticipate the evolving demands of our society, employers, and the labor market.
  • Education encourages and advances the ideals of a pluralistic democratic society: civic responsibility, integrity, diversity, and ethical behavior.
  • Academic freedom and shared governance are long-established and living principles at the university. We cherish the free exchange of ideas, diversity of thought, joint decision-making, and individuals’ assumption of responsibility.
  • We make efficient and effective use of our resources, for we are accountable to our university communities, the Board of Trustees, and taxpayers.

Under Interim President Aubrey K. Lucas, an emphasis on teaching and learning is re-emerging. Almost a decade of transition for the College, however, has resulted in no concrete priorities or a mission and vision by which to define our efforts.