THE SOU PLAN
This section lists our university’s Vision, Mission and Values, and our Strategic Directions and Goals.
Strategic Direction I: SOU will transform its pedagogy and curriculum (how and what it teaches) to enhance the success of its learners and graduates.
Strategic Direction II: SOU will become an employer of choice and provide excellent service to all of its constituents.
Strategic Direction III: SOU will actively model an environmentally sustainable campus and engage in collaborative research to promote an ecologically-resilient bioregion.
Strategic Direction IV: SOU will create a diverse, equitable, inclusive community where learners flourish.
Strategic Direction V: SOU will maintain financial stability and invest for institutional vitality.
Strategic Direction VI: SOU will develop physical and virtual environments in which all learners can thrive.
Strategic Direction VII: SOU will be a catalyst for economic vitality, civic engagement and cultural enrichment through ongoing collaboration with local, state, tribal, national, and global partners.
Civic Engagement: Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public interest.
Critical Thinking: The process of actively and objectively conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion. Critical thinkers think through and question ideas before adoption.
Ecologically-resilient Bioregion: An ecologically and/or geographically distinct area with sustained integrity and function regardless of disturbance or change.
Educational Provider of Choice: A leading and preferred educational option for learners, whether they are enrolling for the first time, continuing their education, developing new skills, or changing careers.
Equity: Equity refers to the qualities of justness, fairness, impartiality, and even-handedness for all people. Equity is often confused with equality, which refers to equal sharing and exact division.
Employer of Choice: The preferred employment option for job seekers and employees of all types.
Learners: All persons seeking increased knowledge or skill including degree seekers, faculty, staff, and lifelong learners.
Pedagogy:: The study, of the theory, and practice of teaching. Pedagogy informs the interactions of teachers and learners aimed at achieving learning objectives.
Regionally-engaged: Playing an effective and leading role in regional advancement.
Service Excellence: Meeting and exceeding expectations of our internal and external constituents.
Sustainability: Sustainability presumes that resources are finite, and should be used wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences of the ways in which resources are expended.