Mission & Values
Voorhees University is a private historically black liberal arts institution affiliated with the Episcopal church, whose mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God.
Voorhees University will be globally recognized as a premier, comprehensive liberal arts institution focused on student success, excellence, integrity, service leadership, diversity, and faith, anchored in the embrace of Beloved Community.
Values of the University
T – Transformation (Innovation): foster and promote transformation and innovation in the design, development, support, delivery, and management of all programs and services.
I –Integrity: commit to nurturing campus trust by holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.
G – Generativity: committed to establishing, mentoring, guiding, and teaching the next generation via social responsibility and focused leadership.
E – Excellence/Engagement: establish a culture of engagement and collaboration involving the exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of reciprocity with the citizens and institutions of South Carolina, the nation, and the world.
R – Resolution/Resolve (tenacity/persistence): emphasize doing our best in teaching and learning, student achievement, administrative practices and delivery of support services in the spirit of excellence and continuous improvement
S – Servanthood/Stewardship: remain an affordable institution, recognized for financial sustainability, unparalleled management of human and physical resources, and operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Strategic Guiding Principles
Teaching and Learning: The institution will provide an unsurpassed, student-centered learning experience led by engaged world-class faculty and staff and enhanced by a globally diverse student body.
Inclusion and Equity: The institution will establish a diverse and inclusive learning community that provides equitable opportunities for excellence and achievement for all faculty, professional staff, students, and strategic stakeholders.
Creativity and Innovation: The University will create a unique learning environment that fosters creativity by allowing students to share their ideas about their educational needs.
Outreach and Engagement: The University will establish a culture of engagement and collaboration involving the exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of reciprocity with the citizens and institutions of South Carolina, the nation, and the world.
Resource Stewardship: The University will remain an affordable institution, recognized for financial sustainability, unparalleled management of human and physical resources, and operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Becoming Beloved Community: Anchored in the Episcopal tradition, the University embraces Beloved Community as a development of our campus and community in which all people are cared for, respected, and loved as members of the human race.
Core Strategic Goals
The Voorhees A.T.L.A.S. to Excellence
Strategic Priority 1: Academic Excellence & Student Success
Strategic Priority 2: Talent Acquisition
Strategic Priority 3: Leverage/Leadership
Strategic Priority 4: Accountability
Strategic Priority 5: Stability and Sustainability