Our Mission The University of Sioux Falls, a Christian University in the liberal arts tradition, educates students in the humanities, sciences and professions. The traditional motto of the University is Culture for Service; that is, we seek to foster academic excellence and the development of mature Christian persons for service to God and humankind in the world. Through programs in the humanities, sciences and professions, the University helps persons grow intellectually, discern truth and develop a Christian worldview. As a Christian institution, the University of Sioux Falls fosters in all members of its community the development of emotional maturity, physical well-being, interpersonal skills and values which reflect the character and teaching of Christ. The University of Sioux Falls is committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to the integration of biblical faith and learning; it affirms that Christians are called to share their faith with others through lives of service. The University is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A., and welcomes students of any faith or denomination.
Statements of Institutional Purpose
The following goal statements are based on the University's mission and statements of institutional purpose. In order to enhance quality in all its programs, USF seeks to achieve the following goals:
The environment of the University of Sioux Falls encourages all students to achieve their full potential. The faculty and staff of the University challenge and support students to grow academically and spiritually and to develop a commitment to responsible service.
From the Mission Statement 1. To foster academic excellence.
2. To assist students in becoming mature Christian persons.
The curriculum of the University of Sioux Falls provides undergraduate and graduate education that is based on the liberal arts, assists students in the development of a Christian worldview and helps them acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be responsible servant leaders in their chosen fields and communities.
3. To enable students to become servant leaders as a result of their education.
Global Orientation USF will equip students to be salt and light in the world—to be agents of God's global work of renewal—by building their awareness of living in a diverse, but interdependent world and readying them for respectful, collaborative engagement across frontiers of ethnicity, economic status and religion to contribute to the well-being of human society.
Faculty The faculty of the University of Sioux Falls are committed to its mission and to their vocation of teaching, advising and mentoring students. They enrich their teaching by scholarly participation in their fields of expertise and by their service to the church and the community.
Students The students of the University of Sioux Falls are diverse with respect to age, experience and religious tradition. They are challenged to develop a greater appreciation for other cultures, a more global perspective on current issues and a commitment to a life of service. The University welcomes all students who are serious about pursuing their educational goals in a Christian context.
From the Statements of Institutional Purpose 4. To provide an educational and co-curricular environment that challenges and supports students to achieve their full potential. 5. To challenge students through a liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes the exploration of new ideas and the development of a Christian worldview. 6. To help students acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to their specific major and career objectives. 7. To strengthen faculty and staff in their vocation of serving, teaching, advising and mentoring students. 8. To value cultural and ethnic diversity and to cultivate a more global perspective on current issues.
USF — A Globally Oriented Christian Liberal Arts University USF will equip students to be salt and light in the world—to be agents of God's global work of renewal—by building their awareness of living in a diverse, but interdependent world and readying them for respectful, collaborative engagement across frontiers of ethnicity, economic status and religion to contribute to the well-being of human society. USF will develop students to be intentional, fruitful participants in the worldwide endeavor of the following: 1. To bring reconciliation and justice in interpersonal, intercultural and international relationships. 2. To ensure access for all segments of society to the necessities of life and to marketplace opportunities for economic and social uplift.
UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS
2015-2017 academic catalog for the University of Sioux Falls.