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)