At Illinois State University we live our mission. We work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.
As a campus community we also live our values – Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship, Individualized Attention, Diversity, Integrity, and Civic Engagement. We work with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. We provide a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. We foster an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. We promote an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. And we prepare students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society.
Our graduates are successful in their careers and engaged in their communities. They are proud to be Redbirds and give back to the institution that they love.
In moving forward, we will stay true to our core values and what has made Illinois State University a top national university. At the same time, we will cultivate innovation seeking ways to better the institution, improve teaching, scholarship, and public service, and enhance cultural understanding and civic engagement.
Join us in raising the Redbirds to new heights.
Larry H. Dietz, Ph.D.