Purpose & Principles

Syracuse University is a pre-eminent and inclusive student-focused research university, preparing engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders for participation in a changing global society. Syracuse University prepares undergraduate students for professional and personal success through six institutional learning goals which were selected through a multiyear, university-wide, collaborative initiative that adhered to the principles of shared governance. The institutional learning goals reflect what all students should know, do, and value as graduates of our institution. The Shared Competencies help faculty and students communicate the overall value of a Syracuse University education and ensure consistency across the wide variety of academic programs.


  • Allow students to communicate the value of their degree to prospective employers and graduate schools.
  • Provide pathways for students to connect their major field of study, liberal art requirements, and co-curricular or other experiences.
  • Enable academic programs to integrate the institutional learning goals into the curriculum.
  • Meet Syracuse University’s regional accreditation requirements (Middles States Commission on Higher Education).


  1. Emphasis on student, faculty, and staff development
  2. Sustainability
  3. Shared institutional governance

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