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Vision: Key Concepts

The University For The Common Good


Guided by our Catholic, Marianist identity, we embrace our mission to work for the benefit of society and are proud of our reputation as the University for the Common Good. That responsibility sets our direction; shapes our academic programs from engineering and business through the liberal arts and sciences, law, and education; inspires our research; motivates our partnerships; and forms our graduates.

We graduate servant-leaders who are equipped to succeed and make a difference in the global marketplace due to their education in critical thinking and innovation, and their experience in building community. We conduct research that contributes to the body of human knowledge, leads to a more just and sustainable world, and leverages emerging technologies to advance human potential and create economic opportunity. We do this through partnerships — local, national, and global — calling upon our Catholic, Marianist commitment to work in community and our history of adapting to the world’s changing needs.

In the Catholic intellectual tradition, we pursue understanding as the path to wisdom and embrace both faith and reason. We place social good and economic opportunity in the foreground, such that they are a compelling motivation for our strategic direction, investments, partnerships, teaching, learning, and research:

  • LEARN: Prepare servant-leaders through comprehensive academic and residential curricula and extraordinary experiential learning opportunities.
  • LEAD: Perform research that leads to deeper understanding, addresses critical issues, and supports economic growth.
  • SERVE: Engage in mutually beneficial partnerships to strengthen our communities in Dayton and around the world.