The school Motto “Shine like a light” Which refers to the mind and heart. It is the deep desire of this Alma Mater to present to the world and our nation, man and woman with knowledge and creativity and hearts burning with genuine love and concern for others.


To become a premier urban school of education recognized for its diversity, and known for excellence in teaching, learning and research.


Recruit and retain a diverse faculty, academic and classified staff and student populations. Increase scholarship and research productivity and their impact. Develop infrastructure and support, including innovative technology, for research, teaching, service and partnerships. Develop and maintain model collaborative ventures and partnerships. Maintain and continue to improve a climate of respect and human dignity. Model quality instruction and mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students.


We the faculty and staff of the St Francis Mission School of Education, commit to the following values:

Leadership: We value and are committed to exercising leadership characterized by innovation and vision.

Excellence: We value excellence in teaching, service and research. We are committed to pro


moting creative and critical thinking among faculty, students and staff within a culture of inspiration, high expectations, accountability and quality service to students, the university and external communities.

Social and Ethical Responsibility: We value honesty, fairness, respect, compassion, and professional and scholarly ethics among faculty, staff and students. We are committed to increasing access to opportunity and promoting social justice.

Diversity: We value respect for cultural, individual and role difference, including those due to age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, family configuration, disability, language, philosophical orientation, and socioeconomic status among others. We are committed to continuous critical reflections of self and practice central to the true spirit of diversity.

Communication and Collaboration: We value open communication and collaboration within and across organizational units and with our external communities. We are committed to maintaining a spirit of community where differences of opinion are encouraged.