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NU Mission, Vision, Core Values, and
Learning Outcomes


The Neumann University’s Mission and Vision along with its defined Values (RISES) form the foundation for its learning outcomes, be they at course, program, or university level.  The University goals are found within its Vision statement.

The learning outcomes of each course must be aligned with its major program, and if applicable, the NU CORE Experience. In turn, the major program outcomes are aligned with the university’s learning outcomes or goals. Program learning outcomes can be found in the NU catalog.

NU Mission
Neumann University educates a diverse community of learners based upon the belief that knowledge is a gift to be shared in the service of others and that learning is a lifelong process.

NU Vision
Neumann University strives to be a teaching university of distinction, providing innovative, transformational education in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. 
Neumann RISES on the values of Reverence, Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Stewardship and lives the actions these values inspire. 

Neumann’s curriculum promotes thoughtful and ethical leadership in service and response to a global and technologically complex world.

NU Core Values (RISES):   Reverence, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Stewardship
Neumann University, a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition, promotes the following Core Values as integral to all academic programs, services, partnerships, and co-curricular activities.


  • We honor as sacred the worth and dignity of each person.
  • We celebrate our relationship as sisters and brothers with one another and all creation. 
  • We create a compassionate, welcoming, and reconciling community.


  • We speak the Truth in Love.
  • We act fairly, honestly, and ethically at all times.
  • We accept responsibility for the consequences of our actions.


  • We serve with humility, compassion, and love.
  • We challenge unjust structures and work for social transformation.
  • We embrace service as a life-long commitment.


  • We perform to the best of our ability the responsibilities entrusted to us.
  • We practice cooperation, rather than competition, in the quest for excellence.
  • We foster academic achievement through a strong, teaching-learning community.


  • We receive gratefully, use carefully, and share generously the resources available to us.
  • We care for creation as a sacred Gift from God.
  • We promote Catholic Social Teaching by working for peace and justice.

Neumann University Undergraduate CORE Experience: Learning Outcomes
Active engagement in the Neumann University Core Experience, including credit-bearing courses and co-curricular activities, provides Neumann University graduates the opportunity to achieve the following learning outcomes.

Comprehension: Think critically, creatively, and analytically
Analyze and solve complex problems; demonstrate quantitative reasoning and scientific literacy; and explore the relationship of contemporary and historical events and issues.

Contemplation: Engage in meaningful reflection
Apply the principles and values of the Catholic Franciscan tradition to personal, professional, and societal questions and issues; engage in self-reflection; embrace life-long learning; discern career and vocational choices; and recognize and appreciate creative expression.

Conscience: Act ethically and responsibly
Demonstrate personal, professional, and academic honesty; accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions; engage as responsible members and leaders of diverse groups; and exercise ethical decision-making, informed by the Catholic Franciscan tradition, in a variety of settings.

Compassion: Respect all of creation
Honor the worth and dignity of each person; interact respectfully in the local and global community; engage in service to promote the common good; and demonstrate environmental awareness and stewardship.

Communication: Communicate effectively
Express ideas clearly and effectively in spoken and written form; use technology competently; and access, evaluate, cite, and credit information using accepted conventions.

Graduate Program Philosophy and Learning Outcomes
The philosophy for the graduate programs at Neumann University reflects the original Franciscan mission in recognizing the value of intellectual excellence, professional competence, and strong community life. Knowledge, while valuable in itself, is to be used in the service of others. Students build upon existing knowledge in order to develop an extended knowledge base, which includes research skills applicable to a specific area of concentration. Learning is seen as a dynamic process that provides feedback, which includes evaluations; promotes self-directed pursuits; fosters student-teacher interaction; and involves mastery of subject matter. The teaching-learning process is goal oriented, self-directed, dynamic, and perceptive.

Learning outcomes expected of all graduate students include the ability to:

•             Develop a culminating research/evidenced based scholarly project.
•             Initiate and participate in research and critique research.
•             Critique, compare, and contrast research and theories relevant to the field.
•             Be knowledgeable about current policies in the field.
•             Possess advanced skills specific to the field.
•             Be prepared to pursue doctoral study.


Strategic Plan Goals

Neumann University has established the following goals in its 2009-2014 Strategic Plan, which serve as guiding operational principles that affirm the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the institution.


  • Integrate its Catholic Franciscan identity

  • Become a teaching university of distinction

  • Strengthen a spirit and culture of reverence, integrity, service, excellence, and stewardship

  • Cultivate a meaningful and effective mission-directed, market-responsive climate for learning, teaching, and scholarship

  • Steward its resources to ensure ongoing financial vibrancy in support of academic excellence, access, and affordability

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