Phase 2: Refining Values, Vision and Mission

Draft Statements (April 2021)

The Reach Higher 2025 Steering Committee is happy to present to the GVSU community the latest draft Values, Vision, and Mission statements. These statements have emerged from our community’s 2019 Grand Huddles, as well as our more focused efforts of the past five months—soliciting and considering input from all segments of GVSU’s stakeholders.

These statements are GVSU’s public declaration of why we exist as an institution, and for whom. They state what animates our work now and in the future, and signal our priorities for improvement. Thus, the varied audiences for these statements include our students, faculty and staff, community partners, and the wider public.

Our Values

Inclusive and Equitable Community is how we foster and sustain communities that are inclusive of all perspectives and individuals, demonstrate reciprocity, and actively lift up historically marginalized voices in an equitable way. Students, faculty, and staff experience community on our physical campuses and in digital environments, as well as across all their engagements.

Inquiry is active questioning and problem solving to improve lives and communities. Building on our strong foundation of a liberal education, we strive to provide relevant experiential opportunities that integrate the curriculum in professional contexts. Active scholarship, expression, and innovation leads to fulfillment, prosperity, and justice.

Innovation puts ideas into practice, drives us towards excellence, and represents our forward-thinking mindset. We value entrepreneurship, risk taking, and interdisciplinary collaboration that solves local, regional, and global problems and advances the common good.

Integrity drives us to be accountable to ourselves and to others. Integrity moves us to actively pursue and sustain our institutional mission of quality education and research, and be excellent stewards of our communities, our resources, and our planet.

Internationalization is how we think and act on a global basis, particularly in concurrently supporting people, planet, and prosperity. Our efforts at supporting wellbeing of individuals, groups, and ecosystems are important locally, nationally, and globally—all of which are interconnected and interdependent.

Our Vision

At GVSU, learners are empowered in their mission and purpose. As a community, we advance equity, understanding, and learning as lifetime pursuits.

Our Mission

At GVSU, we prepare learners for the future they face and the communities they shape.


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