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College of Nursing Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Strategic Goals

Mission Statement

As a center for nursing research and education, the College of Nursing is committed to advancing and applying nursing knowledge through:

  • Excellence in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs;
  • Nursing education and research that address a changing society;
  • Promotion of health; and
  • Enhancement of the profession of nursing

Approved by CAC and faculty 11/17/08; approved by faculty January, 2010


Advancing nursing and changing lives through academic distinction, knowledge creation and application, and recognized leadership.
Approved CAC 2/28/11

Core Values

  • Kent State is a supportive and inclusive learning community devoted to teaching excellence, first-tier scholarship and academic freedom. Together, these core values are at the center of all that we do across the eight campuses of Kent State University. To fulfill our mission, we value:
  • Student success through diverse and stimulating learning environments that provide opportunities for every student to reach her or his potential.
  • Access to instructional, intellectual and cultural resources for a broad constituency.
  • Collaborations and partnerships with other institutions, organizations and communities to bring together diverse talents, experiences and resources.
  • Discovery, creativity and innovation in scholarship and research that advance the frontiers of knowledge.
  • Higher education as a powerful force for personal, social and global change.
  • Academic freedom as the foundation necessary for critical inquiry in a democratic society.
  • Integrity in all of our actions and communications.
  • Our identity as a comprehensive, multicampus, public research university with a distinctive heritage and a commitment to service.
  • Diverse backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles and ideas.
  • Fiscal responsibility in decision making to support access to an affordable college education.

Strategic Goals

  • Key objectives define the direction of Kent State University. Our strategic goals and principles are to:
  • Focus on those we serve, especially our students;
  • Advance innovation and excellence in teaching to support student success;
  • Promote excellence in research and creative endeavors;
  • Engage with the world beyond our campuses;
  • Build and sustain relationships and economic development opportunities with our alumni, communities and businesses that foster success for them and for Ohio; and
  • Secure our financial future through efficient management, increased levels of external funding and building a strong endowment.