Mission, Vision, and Values

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Our work on the mission, vision and values was a process of reaffirmation and refinement. With input from the community, the Strategic Planning Committee worked to create a more succinct mission, vision, and values statement while maintaining our core principles.


Westfield State University is a public institution offering accessible quality undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies. Our welcoming community focuses on student engagement and success. We contribute to the economic, social, and cultural growth of the northeast region by developing the knowledge, skills, and character essential for students to become responsible leaders and engaged citizens.

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Westfield State University strives to be the premier public comprehensive institution in the Northeast region through its commitment to student engagement and success.

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Westfield State University commits to values that strengthen a common bond among all members of our community. These values represent a commitment to others, a commitment to ourselves, and a commitment to a diverse learning environment where everyone is respected.

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Our Values:

EMBRACE DIVERSITY: We treat all members of our community with dignity and respect.

BUILD A STRONG COMMUNITY: We are inclusive and ensure equity, supporting the personal development of all community members, and embracing multiple perspectives.

MAINTAIN EXCELLENCE AND INTEGRITY: We maintain excellence and integrity in all that we do.

ENGAGE IN THE OUTSIDE COMMUNITY: We support civic engagement in local, regional, and global initiatives.

COLLABORATE WITH EACH OTHER: We make decisions in a transparent and collaborative manner.

PROVIDE ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION: We commit to providing an accessible, affordable public higher education for all.