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Mission and University Values

University Mission Statement

Winston-Salem State University is a comprehensive, historically Black university offering innovative undergraduate programs and exceptional graduate programs grounded in the tradition of liberal education. Students engage in active and experiential learning offered through flexible delivery modes. The university is dedicated to the holistic development of students by faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service. As a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, Winston-Salem State University contributes to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region, and beyond.

University Values

Student-Centeredness – Winston-Salem State University is committed to ensuring that all students achieve academic, personal, and professional development through their education. The university takes responsibility for creating and sustaining an environment that values students’ unique backgrounds and learning abilities, providing a nurturing culture that supports student success.

Excellence – Winston-Salem State University is committed to an uncompromised standard of quality and distinction in teaching, learning, scholarship, service, and operations. The university advances a dynamic, responsive, and accountable academic community where a desire to achieve the highest standards is evident both among individuals and across the institution.

Stewardship - To ensure the highest levels of public trust and confidence, the university is committed to structuring institutional policies, processes, and incentives to ensure highly efficient and reliable operations; professional competence and knowledge; and careful management of resources.

Integrity – Winston-Salem State University holds a deep commitment to personal and institutional fairness and honesty to ensure that the welfare of students and the university is placed foremost in all affairs and transactions.

Social Justice – Winston-Salem State University believes in a deep individual and institutional responsibility to creatively respond to injustices and to work toward the establishment of just, equitable, and sustainable cultural, economic, political and social principles and practices that affirm the worth, value, and dignity of all people.

Trust – Winston-Salem State University is committed to building and reinforcing enduring bonds of goodwill among all members of our community based on an ethic of accountability, fairness, openness, and transparency.