Vision Driven

Officially adopted on September 27, 1994, the CSUMB Vision Statement created the philosophical foundation for the university. Ever since, it has guided decisions regarding programs, policies, practices, personnel, campus environment, funding, and more. What drives us closer to our Vision gets prioritized. Anything that undermines the Vision is viewed as unacceptable. To truly understand CSUMB, we encourage you to read the Vision. If you share its core values and academic goals, then CSUMB should prove to be a perfect place for you to learn, work, and live.

Academic Goals and Core Values

We have identified seven broad academic goals and seven core academic values based on the Vision. These provide a common focus for our General Education offerings, undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs, teaching certification programs, and informal enrichment opportunities.

Academic Goals
  • Effective and ethical communication in at least two languages with widely diverse audiences
  • Cross-culturally competent citizenship in a pluralistic and global society
  • Technological, aural, and visual literacy
  • Creative expression in the service of transforming culture
  • Ethics, social justice, and care for one another
  • Scientific sophistication and value for the earth and earth systems
  • Holistic and creative sense of self
Core Values
  • Applied, active, and project-based learning activities
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Multicultural and global perspectives
  • Technological sophistication
  • Service learning
  • Ethical reflection and practice
  • Collaboration
CSUMB Strategic Plan and Mission

The CSUMB Strategic Plan operationalizes the CSUMB Vision Statement, defining outcomes to be targeted so that the university can further actualize that Vision while going about the daily business of educating students for life in the 21st century. The outcomes are organized under four themes:

  • A pluralistic academic community
  • Student learning
  • Support for learning
  • An engaged campus

The Strategic Plan also defines the CSUMB Mission Statement:

To build a multicultural learning community founded on academic excellence from which all partners in the educational process emerge prepared to contribute productively, responsibly, and ethically to California and the global community.