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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.

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

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.

Our 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
  • Diversity
  • Leadership, service, philanthropy, social justice, and entrepreneurship
  • Pride in self, community and the university
  • Lifelong learning


On May 11, 2012, The Chicago State University Board of Trustees approved the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan and its associated performance measures. The goals of the Strategic Plan are as follows:

Strategic goal 1: Academic Excellence, Teaching and Research (Public agenda goal 3)
Maintain an institutional structure that respects, develops and reinforces academic rigor, student/ faculty and collaborative research, evidence-based curriculum and faculty/staff development.

Strategic Goal 2: Community Service and Engagement (Public Agenda Goal 4)
Contribute to the community through economic development activities and mutually beneficial partnerships between educational institutions, healthcare agencies, business, industry, government and community organizations.

Strategic goal 3: Cost Efficiencies & Diverse Revenue Streams (Public agenda goal 2)
Diversify revenue sources to decrease reliance on the State of Illinois and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of financial management practices across all areas of the university.

Strategic Goal 4: Enrollment, Retention and Graduation (Public agenda goal 1)
Improve the recruitment, retention, and graduation metrics of diverse student population through a nurturing and challenging environment that facilitates the development of competent, creative, resourceful, global and empowered citizens.

Strategic goal 5: Strengthened Infrastructure (Public agenda goal 4)
Reorganize and strengthen the physical, electronic and operational infrastructures to ensure the deployment of innovative teaching and research technologies as they become available.

Strategic Goal 6: Shared Accountability and Image (CSU strategic issue)
Foster an environment of shared governance and accountability where input, discourse, recommendations and engagement from all stakeholders promotes a positive image and pride in the University.

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