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

Adopted in September 2008, CSU Monterey Bay's 2008-2018 Strategic Plan has been revised and updated in 2013 to reflect four major themes:

  • Student Success
  • Academic Excellence
  • Regional Stewardship
  • Institutional Capacity

These four themes provide the framework under which the University continues to operationalize the vision and values of CSU Monterey Bay.

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.