Mission Statement

Westfield State University fosters intellectual curiosity, encourages critical thinking, inspires civic engagement, and promotes a global perspective. A public teaching institution offering quality programs in the liberal arts and sciences with complementing professional studies curricula, we are grounded in our founding principles of academic excellence and educating all in a diverse and welcoming community. Westfield State develops the knowledge, skills, and character essential for students to reach their full potential and become responsible leaders in society.  We contribute to the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the region.

Values

We commit ourselves to… 
1.   Treating all members of our community with dignity and respect.
2.   Building community by being inclusive, supporting the personal development of all community members, and embracing multiple perspectives.
3.   Maintaining excellence and integrity in all that we do.
4.   Supporting civic engagement in local, regional and global initiatives.
5.   Making decisions in a transparent and collaborative manner.
6.   Providing affordable public higher education.

Vision

Westfield State University will be recognized for its academic excellence and engaged scholarship.  The University will graduate well–rounded and creative leaders able to embrace the challenges and opportunities ahead, contribute to their fields, and improve their communities. Students will gain and create knowledge through multiple forms of learning, including experiential education and faculty-led scholarship.  Our globally engaged community will include student, faculty/librarians, and staff international exchanges and active explorations of critical world issues.
The programs and functions of the University will be supported with modern facilities, library, and information technology, adequate staffing, and funding to support student and program needs.  Westfield State will stand out as an institution operating sustainably, growing responsibly, and maintaining a cohesive, functional, and aesthetically pleasing campus.

Westfield State University will be an inclusive place where decision making reflects the concerns and voices of all parts of the campus community.  The University will exemplify how to value diversity and benefit from collaborative decision making. The strong bond among the campus community will make it a place where students, faculty/librarians, and staff want to learn, teach, and work.