Vision & Mission

Dean Bachas at the graduation Dean Bachas at the graduation

Our Vision 

Our vision is to be recognized as a globally preeminent college, a hub of liberal education, and a leader in groundbreaking research.  We aim to be known for our innovative teaching, the strength of our disciplines, and interdisciplinary inquiry into current and future problems facing humanity.

Our Mission

The College is a community that encourages the quest for a deeper understanding of the human experience and fosters a personal commitment to lifelong learning, intellectual growth, and the enduring values of the liberal arts.  Our faculty, staff, and students work together in the laboratory, the archives, the studio, and the field to discover new knowledge. 

The College seeks to create an intellectual environment that enhances individual growth and supports scholarly activities and creative endeavors that augment human knowledge and understanding.  Students who pursue an education in the College develop analytical and critical skills, creative abilities, and a sense of social and civic responsibility needed in an increasingly globalized world. 

The College acts as a gateway for students to experience the technological and global world.  Faculty members strive to provide all students with a rigorous grounding in their chosen field, together with an understanding of the need to approach problems both within the boundaries of a single discipline and in a broader setting.

DIRECCT Values

Mission Statement

To recruit, enroll, and graduate a diverse student body who become engaged alumni and globally conscious leaders.

DIRECCT Values 

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Diversity:

Valuing and including people from all cultures and backgrounds in the pursuit of common goals. 

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Integrity:

Demonstrating honesty and fairness in our words and actions.

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Responsibility:

Exhibiting pride and accountability in the performance of duties and ensuring the long-term success of the University.

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Excellence:

Striving to accomplish our goals with quality, rigor, passion, and distinction. 

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Compassion:

Behaving in a caring, humane, and empathetic way.

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Creativity:

Embracing innovation, flexibility, and originality in the pursuit of our vision and mission.

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Teamwork:

Engaging and working well together to achieve optimal results.