Vision and Mission Statements

Vision Statement

Southern Utah University will receive national recognition for its innovations in learning, student success, and providing the best educational experience in the intermountain west. (Approved by Trustees 6/24/16)

Mission Statement

Southern Utah University is a dynamic teaching and learning community that engages students in experiential education leading to personal growth, civic responsibility, and professional excellence. (Approved by Trustees 6/24/16)


Explore - SUU explores diverse ideas, disciplines, skills, cultures, and places.

Engage - SUU creates intentional and transformative learning experiences.

Excel - SUU excel through a commitment to high-quality outcomes and student achievement.

(Approved by Trustees 6/24/16)

In order to fulfill its mission, SUU will:

Increase opportunities for the SUU learning community to explore complex problems and sense of purpose in the region, nation, and world.

  • Support student learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting
  • Help students, faculty, and staff understand and appreciate varied perspectives and ideas
  • Expand and support collaborative partnerships for learning

Engage students, faculty, and staff in practices that lead to meaningful learning.

  • Provide students with the fundamentals of a modern Liberal Education
  • Provide students with opportunities to design their own learning experiences, connect learning across disciplines, and apply learning to new contexts
  • Optimize SUU's educational, physical, technological, informational, financial, and human resources to maximize learning

Foster intellectual and creative engagement within the SUU campus community.

  • Enhance student learning environments by integrating teaching, scholarly, and creative efforts

Lead students, faculty and staff to successful professional and educational outcomes.

  • Increase student retention and graduation rates
  • Increase the number of students pursuing post-graduate opportunities
  • Support faculty and staff in achieving their professional and personal goals

Prepare students for responsible citizenship in their communities and countries.

  • Involve students in practices that lead to higher participation rates in community service and democratic processes throughout their lives

Help students develop lives of purpose, fulfillment, and wellness.

  • Develop students that are lifelong learners that live fulfilled lives

(Approved by Trustees 6/24/16)