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2005 State of the University Address Appendices

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The University commits itself to providing for our student an educational experience grounded in academic excellence, Catholic tradition, and committed to social justice, community service, and the development of the whole person.  The University is committed to the effective integration of its Mission throughout all-academic programs, campus life, and governance of the University.  The following institutional priorities will direct decisions regarding operational over the next three to five years:

  1. To articulate and integrate more effectively the mission of the University of the Incarnate Word drawing upon Incarnational theology and Catholic faith tradition so as to foster the spiritual development of our students and all members of the University community.
  2. To foster an effective and integrative learning-centered environment that provides opportunities for intellectual development, personal wellness and professional growth for students and all members of the University community.
  3. To define and promote scholarship that supports teaching and learning.
  4. To continue to make higher education and its degree completion more accessible to the people of San Antonio and South Texas by optimizing program availability and financial support.
  5. To maintain and deliver innovative educational programs responsive to market needs and opportunities.
  6. To refine roles and responsibilities in the University in view of the changing environment and of dynamic nature of higher education.
  7. To promote understanding and appreciation of diversity within the University and the broader community.
  8. To strengthen learning opportunities for students at all levels through collaborative programs linking higher education with schools, businesses, and professional communities and agencies, both nationally and internationally.
  9. To promote and support the continuing integration of technology and globalization into the curriculum and all administrative services of the community.
  10. To ensure the University’s stability and long-term viability through continual development, creative management and proper stewardship of its resources.

Adopted September, 2000

Keeping the Word


The University commits itself to provide for our students an educational experience of academic excellence, rooted in the Catholic tradition and dedicated to social justice, community service, and the development of the whole person.



To go the extra mile by:

  • Taking time to ask the right questions to determine need
  • Minimizing hassles and frustration through seamless delivery systems


To treat others and the environment as we would like to be treated by:

  • Treating students and each other with courtesy
  • Recognizing the divine and dignity in each person
  • Treating the campus environment with courtesy


To choose the common good over individual interest by:

  • Collaborating within the community
  • Celebrating the community


To accomplish our stated goals in an efficient manner by:

  • Hiring and training the right people for the right job
  • Providing resources for completing processes
  • Providing resources for enhanced training
  • Getting the job done right the first time


To risk and to imagine by:

  • Encouraging creativity, flexibility and innovation
  • Providing resources to nurture creativity within the community
  • Visioning the future

Adopted August, 2000

Core Values of the University


The university educates men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens


The faculty and students support one another in the search for and the communication of truth


The university is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God


The curriculum includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice and community service


The university is open to thoughtful innovation that serves the spiritual and material needs of people