Working Vision, Mission and Goal Themes

Below are the working mission, vision and goal themes for the SIU System strategic plan. Please provide your feedback online by Feb. 5. You may also provide feedback by participating in one of the following town halls linked below:

Monday, February 15, 12-1 p.m. (
Wednesday, February 17, 5-6 p.m. (

Working Mission

The Southern Illinois University System enriches lives and communities through inclusive excellence, experiential education and innovation. The system creates and shares knowledge that allows all individuals to achieve their full potential, serves as an economic catalyst for the region and state, and advances global change and understanding.

Working Vision

Empower people. Transform the world.

Working Goal Themes

Goal Theme 1: Academic Innovation and Student Success

Our innovative and affordable academic programs will embrace interdisciplinary and experiential components that empower our students to address local and global challenges. While maintaining the strengths of each campus, we will engage in system-wide collaboration to create new opportunities for students and support lifelong learning.

Goal Theme 2: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We will strive to be a national model for system-wide anti-racism and anti-oppression while valuing diversity, inclusion and equitable access and opportunity for all individuals.

Goal Theme 3: Community Impact

Utilizing the collective strengths of the system, we will help create sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life in rural and urban communities that we serve.

Goal Theme 4: Research, Creative Activity and Partnerships

We will identify collaborative opportunities to expand and develop research and creative activities and establish internal and external partnerships that contribute to the fulfilment of our mission.

Goal Theme 5: Faculty, Staff and Infrastructure

We will foster a system-wide community in which our faculty and staff can achieve success, and we will nurture and maintain a sustainable infrastructure within an environment of continuous improvement, transparency and accountability.