Mission and Values
The Ohio State University is the model 21st-century public, land grant, research, urban, community engaged institution. The University is dedicated to:
- Creating and discovering knowledge to improve the well-being of our state, regional, national and global communities;
- Educating students through a comprehensive array of distinguished academic programs;
- Preparing a diverse student body to be leaders and engaged citizens;
- Fostering a culture of engagement and service.
We understand that diversity and inclusion are essential components of our excellence.
Mission and Values of the Mansfield Campus
Through its Mansfield campus, The Ohio State University extends its geographical reach to offer world-class educational opportunities to communities throughout North Central and Northeast Ohio. In achieving its mission, The Ohio State University at Mansfield is guided by the following core values:
Ohio State Quality: All courses and curricula offered on the Mansfield campus maintain the same high standards of content and academic quality as those offered on the Columbus campus. All tenure-track faculty hold the highest degree awarded by their profession, and all non-tenure track faculty hold at least a master’s degree or its equivalent. Tenure-track faculty are members of their university-wide departments and meet departmental criteria for promotion and tenure. Such faculty remain current in their professions by engaging in active scholarship and creative activity. Clinical and associated faculty meet the criteria for contract renewal through excellence in teaching.
Student-Friendly: Excellence in teaching is the standard on the Mansfield campus, and all faculty strive to achieve continuous improvement in working with students. Class size is kept relatively small, and faculty members help students learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Highly professional staff members support student learning in many ways such as maintaining facilities, advising students, tutoring, and providing a variety of other support services.
Broad and Open Access: The Mansfield campus maintains Ohio State’s Land Grant mission of making higher education accessible to all students. As such, we follow an open admission policy. The campus strives to engage the larger community in all its diversity. Scholarships and other financial aid help many students surmount financial obstacles, and the campus’s support services help students achieve academic success.
Community Involvement: The campus strives to create meaningful partnerships with the community, focusing especially on workforce and economic development, the arts and culture, and support for area schools. Many faculty and staff contribute time, money, and expertise for the good of the community. At the same time, community leaders help the campus assess community needs, and the community contributes generous financial assistance to support students. A community Board helps advise the campus Dean.
Diversity: At Ohio State, we celebrate and learn from our diversity. We value individual differences. Academic freedom is defended within an environment of civility, tolerance, and mutual respect.