Mission Statement and Statement of Core Values
Shepherd University, a West Virginia public liberal arts university, is a diverse
community of learners and a gateway to the world of opportunities and ideas.
We are the regional center for academic, cultural, and economic opportunity.
Our mission of service succeeds because we are dedicated to our core values:
learning, engagement, integrity, accessibility, and community.
Committed to excellence, Shepherd University embraces the following five
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
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.
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.
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
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.