Mission and Core Values

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The mission of Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management is to:


*   Offer high quality undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and executive education programs that prepare a diverse student population to succeed as business professionals and to become engaged citizens in their neighborhoods and global economy  

*   Conduct scholarly research that advances theory and practice in business disciplines, contributes to teaching and learning, enhances the performance of organizations, and inform public policy decision making  

*   Contribute to local, state, regional and national economic development initiatives in the pursuit of widely shared prosperity and well-being.  

The core values below guide the promotion of student learning and success, faculty scholarship and research, and community engagement at the SBM.  

Excellence. Excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative endeavors, student services, and in all aspects of the School's operations is continuously pursued to sure institutional effectiveness and efficiency.  

Integrity. At the SBM, honest communications, ethical behavior, and accountability for words and deeds are expected from all members of the School community.  

Respect. Each person within the SBM is to be treated with respect and dignity and is to be treated equitably in all situations.  

Diversity. A broad diversity of people and ideas are welcomed and supported at the school as essential to quality education in a global interdependent society.  

InnovationThe SBM encourages and supports its faculty, staff, and students in all forms of scholarship including the discovery and application of knowledge in teaching and learning.  

Leadership. The SBM seeks to provide rigorous academic curricula and challenges co-curricular opportunities to promote the development of leadership qualities in students and to facilitate leadership development among faculty, staff, and students.