Mission, Convictions and Vision Statement
Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers bachelor's degrees in over 85 major fields of study and more than 45 graduate degree programs including master's, education specialist, juris doctor and doctorates.
Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.
As a community we are committed to:
pursuit of truthWe value intellectual inquiry as a life-long habit, the unfettered and impartial pursuit of truth in all its forms, the integration of knowledge across disciplines, and the imaginative and creative exploration of new ideas
We create a culture among faculty, students and staff that recognizes the power of ideas and rewards rigorous thinking
faith and reason
We actively engage Catholic intellectual tradition, which values the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason and fosters meaningful dialogue directed toward the flourishing of human culture
We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community
We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society
We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member
We celebrate the achievements of all members of our community in goals attained and obstacles overcome, and in all things give praise to God
We seek to be a recognized leader in Catholic higher education that excels in effective teaching, active learning, scholarly research and responsible engagement with the local community as well as with the national and global communities in which we live.
(Statement approved by the Board of Trustees October 21, 2004)
Strategic Priorities: Planning for the Future
Click the link for Strategic Priorities: Planning for the Future.
Mission Book Groups
The 3rd meeting of the Common Good colloquium is on Thursday, December 12, from 12-1:15 p.m. in JRC 201, led by Dr. Wendy Wyatt, chair of the Communication and Journalism department. The discussion will focus on "Blame in the News." Dr. Wyatt's published monograph has many "common good" implications and examines how the media can create a culture of blame (and how they can help us move away from it).
Catholic higher education and environmental stewardship are the focus of two reading groups sponsored by the Office for Mission. Participants are recruited from among UST faculty, staff and students. Catholic identity and stewardship are included in the university's mission and its strategic priorities.