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Committed to excellence, Shepherd University and Graduate Studies and Continuing Education (GSCE) embrace the following five core values:


Shepherd University creates a community of learners who integrate teaching, scholarship, and learning into their lives. In order to create challenging, relevant experiences, inside and outside of the classroom, the University continually evaluates and assesses student learning. We recognize and accommodate diverse learning styles and perspectives necessary for global understanding.


GSCE cultivates in students a lifelong desire to learn, with respect and understanding at an ever-increasing level for knowledge and cultures of the past, civic engagement, professional and personal ethics, and place in today's global society.


Shepherd University fosters environments in which students, faculty, staff, and members of the community engage with each other to form mutually beneficial relationships. We believe that meaningful engagement, with ideas and with people, promotes deep learning and nurtures critical thought.


GSCE is committed to engaging students in creative and scholarly endeavors both inside and outside the classroom. This is exemplified by faculty in the integration of new ideas and alternative approaches in their teaching, innovative learning activities, and continued professional development.


Shepherd University strives for an environment of honesty and fairness in its actions. University officials seek input from students, faculty, and staff and make informed and objective decisions. We expect all members of the community to act in accordance with this value.


GSCE fosters a strong commitment to provide programs that allow students to achieve the best education for each individual's particular talents, interests, and goals in an environment that emphasizes service to students.


Shepherd University provides services to all qualified students. Our staff and faculty are available to students and are committed to respecting and meeting individual needs. University governance and budgeting structures reflect our commitment to transparent processes and public access to information.


GSCE will identify and develop opportunities for the financial support of student learning and opportunities that meet the needs of adult learners, certified professionals, and community members.


Shepherd University comprises a community that includes students, faculty, staff, alumni, and involved citizens. We meet the needs of this community through assessment, development, and implementation of innovative programs and initiatives. We strive to create a safe environment based on mutual respect and acceptance of differences.


GSCE will identify and develop opportunities for creating community partnerships to enhance the educational experience of our students




Graduate Studies and Continuing Education | P.O. Box 5000 | Shepherdstown, West Virginia | 25443-5000 | 304-876-5313 | 800-344-5231