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MISSION STATEMENT

Georgia Southwestern State University is a comprehensive university serving a diverse population of students, offering a range of strong undergraduate and graduate programs in a vibrant learning environment. The University is a collegial community that values collaboration and community engagement with an emphasis on faculty, staff, and student interactions. An active student body and state-of-the-art amenities enhance the learning experience on a visually appealing campus located in historic Americus, Georgia.

VISION STATEMENT

Georgia Southwestern State University aspires to be a comprehensive, progressive and inclusive university that serves as a vibrant center of learning, culture, and economic development for Southwest Georgia and beyond.

CORE VALUES

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – We promote rigorous academic standards and intellectual pursuits.
STEWARDSHIP – We strive for fiscal accountability, social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and ethical acumen.
INCLUSIVENESS – We are committed to a campus that values diversity in a climate of mutual respect.
ENGAGEMENT – We encourage active involvement between the campus, community, and the world.
CONNECTIONS – We foster meaningful relationships on campus and beyond.

  • 1.1 Provide opportunities for experiential learning and community engagement across the curriculum.
    • 1.1.1 - Develop new academic programs that incorporate experiential learning outcomes and enable changes to existing programs that allow students to earn credit towards graduation from experiential learning activities.
    • 1.1.2 - Increase opportunities for students to engage in research, scholarship, creative works, internships, civic involvement, and other co-curricular learning experiences, and encourage and enable all students to participate.
    • 1.1.3 - Expose students to faculty expertise and scholarship through signature courses offered across majors and schools.

  • 1.2 Support innovative curriculum that furthers academic excellence.
    • 1.2.1 - Stimulate academic innovation through the implementation of modular course sequences and competency-based education.
    • 1.2.2 - Leverage advanced communication and information technology to improve access to information, enhance the learning experiences, and foster innovation in teaching/learning both inside and outside the classroom.
    • 1.2.3 - Implement an entrepreneurial curriculum and co-curriculum for students that is supported by private and non-profit collaborators that facilitate career pathways in areas of market demand.

  • 1.3 Incorporate retention and progression efforts as a seamless integration to the learning environment and campus culture.
    • 1.3.1 - Improve curricular and student support infrastructure to enhance student access, student success, and educational quality.
    • 1.3.2 - Create living/learning communities and enhance existing academic programs to complement efforts to boost student retention by enhancing student learning.
    • 1.3.3 - Increase student retention, persistence, and timely graduation to support student success.
  • 2.1 Support a campus environment where the pursuit of excellence, respect and civility prevail in all interactions. (focus on the campus community – faculty, staff and students)
    • 2.1.1 - Embrace our diverse community of faculty, staff, and students through recognition of race and ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, geographic origin, political perspective and economic condition.
    • 2.1.2 - Create community gathering spaces where wide-ranging professional, academic, and social interests can be forged.
    • 2.1.3 - Celebrate our campus connections frequently through established and new University-wide traditions that embody the full scope of the Georgia Southwestern brand and identity.
    • 2.1.4 - Further our community spirit and campus pride through shared activities and events in the arts, athletics, and academic programs as both participants and spectators.
    • 2.1.5 - Support an intellectual climate of campus-wide engagement, scholarship pursuits, and the free exchange of ideas.

  • 2.2 Support a world-class student experience that strengthens the campus community through the development of responsible, civically-engaged students with strong essential skills and leadership skills. (focus on students)
    • 2.2.1 - Create a year-round educational experience by extending courses and experiential learning activities throughout the week, summers, and between semesters, and secure the additional resources required to support these activities.
    • 2.2.2 - Maximize student engagement and student satisfaction through well-planned events backed by marketing and branding.
    • 2.2.3 - Establish a legacy of athletic competitiveness to support the complete development of the student athlete and fostering relationships with University constituents.
    • 2.2.4 - Provide experiences centered on student success, development, and engagement that develops leaders and prepares graduates to succeed in a diverse national and global society.

  • 2.3 Support an environment that values professional experience, academic knowledge, personal health, and cultural proficiency of all of its employees. (focus on faculty and staff)
    • 2.3.1 - Encourage and enable staff to contribute to the education and scholarship missions of the University to advance their expertise and advance in their individual careers.
    • 2.3.2 - Promote the safety and well-being of the University community through programs that support and enhance health, fitness, and public safety.
    • 2.3.3 - Implement technology solutions to better connect all constituents of GSW, enhance communication among the campus population and streamline processes across all divisions.
    • 2.3.4 - Enhance the infrastructure for research, scholarship, and creative activity to allow for the acquisition of external funding to support the performance and visibility of scholarly pursuits.
    • 2.3.5 - Foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem for faculty that leverages expertise and encourages outside pursuits while managing commitments to the University.
    • 2.3.6 - Ensure equitable compensation practices among all faculty and staff.
  • 3.1 Enhance international learning opportunities to enrich the campus experience and the development of global citizens.
    • 3.1.1 - Reinforce a global perspective for teaching and learning and prepare students for global viewpoints through integration with the curriculum and engagement activities.
    • 3.1.2 - Maximize the value of our global education network by focusing our strategic international engagements across areas of greatest strength.
    • 3.1.3 - Globalize our community by increasing the number of on-campus international studentsand domestic students who actively participate in global studies and experiential learning abroad.

  • 3.2 Build an engaged community of alumni networks, friends, partners, and influencers who work to advance the university’s reputation.
    • 3.2.1 - Expand our influence and effectiveness through strong partnerships with cultural institutions, corporations, and government and nongovernmental agencies.
    • 3.2.2 - Affirm our alumni as full-fledged members of our community and lifelong learners through outreach, participation in student mentoring, and on-campus events and reunions.
    • 3.2.3 - Further opportunities for leaders in industry and non-profit agencies to serve to provide their expertise through service on advisory boards, mentoring, and leadership programs.

  • 3.3 Expand recognition for the University’s role in community engagement and economic development.
    • 3.3.1 - Establish community engagement as a distinctive feature of the Georgia Southwestern experience by achieving the Carnegie Foundation’s designation as a Community Engaged Institution.
    • 3.3.2 - Participate in and improve the civic life of the communities we serve through the active involvement and leadership of our faculty, students, and staff.
    • 3.3.3 - Contribute to the region’s economic impact, reputation and competitiveness in the global marketplace for talent, capital, and ideas through University-based initiatives and engagement with faculty, staff, and students.
    • 3.3.4 - Increase faculty, staff, and students’ contributions towards economic vitality, educational outcomes, and quality of life at the local, state, and international levels.

  • 3.4 Strengthen and expand awareness of Georgia Southwestern on a regional, national and international scale.
    • 3.4.1 - Emerge as a destination of choice for faculty, staff, and students.
    • 3.4.2 - Improve the University’s website and electronic communication systems to effectively communicate with all university stakeholders and to promote academic programs, campus experience, facilities, and regional assets as an education destination.
  • 4.1 Increase revenue to ensure long-term financial sustainability of the University.
    • 4.1.1 - Create and execute a comprehensive Strategic Enrollment Plan that takes into account the University’s mission and identity as a nurturing institution, while also diversifying the University’s enrollment base.
    • 4.1.2 - Diversify and conduct good stewardship of fiscal resources to ensure long-term economic viability of the University.
    • 4.1.3 - Make all reasonable attempts to control costs to ensure that a Georgia Southwestern education remains affordable for students from diverse groups.

  • 4.2 Continue the physical transformation of the GSW campus and maintain the University’s classical, historical architecture, while ensuring updated, state-of-the-art facilities and amenities are provided.
    • 4.2.1 - Update the University Master Plan to take into account long-term growth and facilities needs.
    • 4.2.2 - Enhance the University’s aesthetics and visual appeal through continued beautification projects throughout campus to ensure a pleasing environment to current and prospective students.

  • 4.3 Generate enduring private and philanthropic support for infrastructure and institutional aspirations.
    • 4.3.1 - Increase philanthropic giving for priority needs through defined case statements and implementation of specific, sustainable programs.
    • 4.3.2 - Implement a comprehensive campaign to support the long-term vision of the university as supported by the strategic plan.

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