University Goals

Delta State University strives to fulfill the following goals:
 
  • Goal 1:   Increase student learning: (Delta State will ensure through high-quality programs that graduates are well prepared for successful careers, meaningful work in a global society, and engaged citizenship.)
  • Goal 2:   Develop an engaged, diverse, high-quality student population:  (Delta State will attract, retain, and graduate an engaged and success-oriented student population.)
  • Goal 3:   Assure high-quality, diverse, engaged faculty and staff: (Delta State will attract, retain, and support an engaged and highly-trained workforce.)
  • Goal 4:   Enhance institutional effectiveness: (Delta State will improve and communicate effectively its financial, physical, and resource capacities, demonstrating efficiencies in programs and services.) 
  • Goal 5: Improve the quality of life for all constituents: (Improving its image and impact, Delta State will increase and enhance outreach, service, and partnership initiatives, in the region and beyond,)
 
PURPOSES OF GENERAL EDUCATION
General education is the foundation that supports success at Delta State University and prepares the student for professional careers and lifelong learning and service. Development of breadth and depth of knowledge, thinking and communication skills, and diverse approaches to understanding will promote a useful, happy, and productive life. The General Education Curriculum provided by Delta State University encompasses the following:

Critical and Creative Thinking – Developing sound analytical and reasoning skills and the ability to use them to think critically, solve problems, analyze logically and quantitatively, and effectively respond to change

Communication – Developing skills to communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, and listening

Quantitative Skills – Enhancing abilities for symbolic and numeric reasoning and the ability to use and understand statistical and other quantitative techniques to interpret data

Inquiry and Technology – Building the skills for the search, discovery, evaluation, and application of information, including an understanding of the nature and limits of appropriate technologies

Self – Developing a fundamental understanding of the intricate nature of humans and the knowledge, interests, and skills to promote well-being and health

Social Institutions – Understanding the major institutions of society and the contemporary world, including families, work, voluntary associations, and government

Cultural Awareness – Developing an understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures that form the global community

Perspectives – Gaining a knowledge and appreciation of human endeavors in all aspects of life-including artistic, scientific, historic, economic, psychological, and social

Cross-disciplinary Appreciation – Developing an understanding of the concepts of various disciplines and their interdependence

Values – Facilitating the search for moral, social, and ethical values and their roles in making decisions and assuming personal responsibilities.
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