6 NSU STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-24 MISSION COMMUNITY Building a culture of inclusion, belonging and collegiality that respects diversity in knowledge, culture and world view DISCOVERY Pursuing rigor and excellence in education, inquiry and engagement for the benefit of our students, state and region INTEGRITY Adhering to the highest standards of honesty, fairness and transparency with a commitment to responsible stewardship of resources Northern State University will provide diverse academic, civic, social and cultural opportunities that prepare students through the liberal arts, professional education and E-learning for their future endeavors, while also enriching the local and regional community. ESTABLISHMENT AND AUTHORIZATION Northern State University was established by the legislature (SDCL 13-59-1) and authorized by the Board of Regents to deliver graduate and undergraduate programs; promote excellence in teaching and learning; support research, scholarly and creative activities; provide service to the state of South Dakota, the region and the nation; and to place a special emphasis on E-learning in the university curriculum and service VISION Northern State University will be regionally recognized as a student-centered, diverse community dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, creativity, and civic and global awareness. VALUES Northern State University’s students, faculty and staff are committed to the following values: THEMES OF STRATEGIC PLANNING: Institutional strategic priorities and actions will align with the university’s authorization, mission, vision and values, and the university will be regionally recognized for: northern.edu NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY @northernstateu • DISTINCTIVE LEARNING - Experiential, innovative, interdisciplinary, relevant • DISTINCTIVE CULTURE - Diverse, engaged, inclusive, welcoming • DISTINCTIVE PARTNERSHIPS - Collaborative, entrepreneurial, supportive and sustainable • DISTINCTIVELEADERSHIP - Accountable, ethical, responsive and transparent