Southwest Baptist University has adopted Mission, Vision, and Core Values statements that guide decision-making and daily operations. Additionally, the University’s strategic plan, Pathways for Success, identifies seven initiatives to guide the University’s planning process.
(Adopted by the Board of Trustees, May 1997)
Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.
(Adopted by the Board of Trustees, October 2003)
Southwest Baptist University fulfills its mission with specific care to guard its Christian distinctives and Baptist heritage as it demonstrates continuous improvement; enlarges its ministry through consistent growth in student enrollment, retention, and ethnic and racial diversity, markets the institution and its mission regionally and nationally; fosters an environment of open communication and service to others; and cares for employees through competitive compensation and benefits packages.
The mission statement of the University implies there will be a fusing of the liberal arts with career preparation and the Christian faith with learning. Recognition is also given to the enduring values of the liberal arts as the foundation of critical thinking, decision making, and the high literacy required for responsible careers in the contemporary world.
Therefore, the purposes of SBU are to produce graduates who:
(Adopted by the Board of Trustees, October 2003)
In fulfilling the University’s mission and vision through its strategic planning process, Southwest Baptist University is committed to the following core values:
Southwest Baptist University is Christ-centered. From its inception, the University has been a distinctively Christian and Baptist institution in terms of worldview and ideological commitments. A Christian worldview which is grounded in the Old and New Testaments contains these beliefs:
Southwest Baptist University has a long history of association with Baptist work, both in Missouri and throughout the world. The academic foundations of the University are built upon historical Baptist traditions. The implications of this tradition for Baptist higher education are:
Southwest Baptist University is a caring community. Scripture teaches that all people regardless of their socioeconomic, physical, mental or spiritual condition are individuals of worth in the eyes of God. It exhorts Christians to look out for the welfare of other people, to be good stewards of the possessions God has given and to be honest with one another. The University values all members of the University family and seeks to demonstrate the highest standard of respect for people exemplifying a Christian commitment to living with one another.
Southwest Baptist University is an academic community. Southwest Baptist University pursues excellence in teaching, scholarship and service by encouraging each member of the University community to live a Christ-centered life:
The University recognizes that academic excellence can be achieved only through continuous evaluation and assessment of curriculum, teaching and student learning.
Southwest Baptist University encourages the social and spiritual development of the University family, preparing servant leaders for the global society. The University recognizes a responsibility to assist all members of the University family to grow spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. The University responds to that responsibility by offering opportunities for education, ministry, encouragement and worship. As a distinctively Christian and Baptist institution, Southwest Baptist University believes it should demonstrate how the life-values commanded in Scripture can be integrated with academic instruction. These values include sensitivity to the needs of the larger community; a commitment to justice, mercy and personal integrity; a desire for moral growth; and a sense of mutual accountability. The moral values of the University are guided by an understanding of Scripture and a commitment to its authority regarding all areas of Christian faith, learning and living. An important aspect of social development and servant leadership is a commitment to service. Service and engagement at SBU promote learning beyond the classroom and encourage faculty, staff, and students to exemplify a carding academic community. Service and engagement activities can be defined as those that share the love of Christ, contribute to the public and university good, promote community and civic involvement, enrich scholarship and research, or improve the quality of life for others.
The University recognizes its responsibility to assist all members of the University family to establish and maintain personal wellness. Scripture clearly teaches the importance of the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the University values personal wellness as a necessary component of servant-leadership. The University responds to its responsibility by offering opportunities for education and activities conducive to personal wellness.