BSU Mission Statement
Bemidji State University, since its founding in 1919, has been a
center of intellectual, cultural, social, and economic life in
northern Minnesota. Beginning as a small teacher's college, Bemidji
State has grown into a comprehensive university, part of a diverse,
statewide system of higher education.
As its primary strength and function, Bemidji State University
delivers, at the baccalaureate and graduate levels, substantial and
affordable educational opportunities that enhance student access to
leadership roles and encourage responsible citizenship. Thus poised
to lead its students into the twenty-first century, the University
further recognizes that sweeping changes in society and technology
call for new ideas and new skills, yet ones ever more grounded in
shared human values.
In order to fulfill its mission and its responsibilities as a
public university, Bemidji State University will:
- Promote an uncompromising pursuit of knowledge, excellence,
civic responsibility, and environmental respect.
- Focus on student success by offering high quality
baccalaureate and graduate programs designed to build analytical
skills and critical thinking abilities; by developing responsible
educational goals and career planning through a heightened
commitment to faculty advising; and by instilling in students the
habits of scholarship and life-long learning.
- Offer a pleasing and safe campus community enriched by native
heritage and world cultures; united by human values centered on
civility and mutual respect; and underpinned by facilities
necessary for education in the twenty-first century.
- Develop a high-quality, diverse faculty and staff engaged in
on-going professional achievement and revitalization, and in
innovative partnerships with education, business, and
- Incorporate new technologies by exploring, developing, and
adapting to a human scale the capacities that give the
University's students, faculty, and staff access to the world, and
give the world access to the University.
- Encourage a varied educational experience beyond the classroom
through community service, internships, and travel, while
providing a campus life rich in unique opportunities for
developing a heightened knowledge of the self, others, and the
- Ensure that each student who graduates can communicate
effectively in writing and speaking, can distinguish knowledge
from information, and is prepared to take her or his position as a
responsible and productive member of the human family in a global
- Develop increased support among external constituencies, for
purposes of a deepened institutional stability and heightened flow
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