On June 27, 2011, the Chicago state University Board of Trustees approved the resolution
proposing the new CSU Core Values, Vision Statement and Mission Statement.
Chicago State University (CSU) is a public, comprehensive university that provides
access to higher education for students of diverse backgrounds and educational needs.
The university fosters the intellectual development and success of its student population
through a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience. CSU is committed
to teaching, research, service and community development including social justice,
leadership and entrepreneurship.
Chicago State University will be recognized for innovations in teaching and research,
and in promoting ethical leadership, entrepreneurship, and social and environmental
justice. We will embrace, engage, educate, and empower our students and community
to transform lives locally and globally.
Chicago State University values:
- Intellectual development
- Creative and innovative thinking and learning
- Dignity and unique talents of all persons
- Responsible choices and actions
- Personal and academic excellence
- Personal, professional and academic integrity
- Leadership, service, philanthropy, social justice, and entrepreneurship
- Pride in self, community and the university
- Lifelong learning
Chicago State University was founded as a teacher training school in Blue Island,
Illinois on September 2, 1867. Today, the University is a fully accredited public,
urban institution located on 161-picturesque acres in a residential community on Chicago's
South side. CSU is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of Illinois.
The University's five collegesHealth Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education
and Pharmacyoffer 36 undergraduate and 25 graduate and professional degree-granting
programs. CSU also offers an interdisciplinary Honors College for students in all
areas of study and has a Division of Continuing Education and Nontraditional Degree
Programs that offers extension courses, distance learning and not-for-credit programs
to the entire Chicago community.