• Academic excellence and integrity

  • Outstanding teaching

  • Scholarly research and professional leadership

  • Integration of teaching, research, and service

  • Individual and collective excellence

  • Diversity, equity, and social justice

  • Education of individuals across the life span

  • Collegiality and collaboration


  • A literate and educated citizenry is vital to a democratic society.

  • All people are entitled to a high-quality education, grounded in sensitivity to individual dignity, professional integrity, and a positive and nurturing environment.

  • A dynamic education system fosters an equitable, productive economy in a global environment.

  • Teaching and learning should be informed by scholarly research and effective practice.

  • School improvement should be based on sound research, the application of theory as it relates to effective practice, policy development, and collaboration with practitioners.

  • Technology should be used to improve the quality of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and outreach to the state, nation, and the world.

  • Interdisciplinary programs should be used to enhance human learning, growth, and development across the life span.