Mission, Vision, & Principles

"As stewards of the University resources, we provide high quality, efficient support and planning services as an integral part of the campus community in support of student learning." - Revised August, 2007

Vision Statement

"We strive to reflect the highest professional and ethical standards while demonstrating our principles, promoting individual growth and innovative means of delivering quality service while fostering a sense of community in support of the mission of the University." - Revised August, 2007


The Administration & Finance Division has identified principles that describe who we are collectively. Our challenge is to be sure that we reflect those principles each day in all that we do.

Integrity is an individual's demonstrated commitment to "do the right things" despite obstacles. It shows a soundness of character and an interest in representing the best principles of the University. It is evidenced by an effort to include the thoughts and concerns of others in a critical process even when met with significant difficulty. It is based upon the concept that differing opinions may exist at all levels but that individual and collective integrity ultimately creates a healthy community.

Commitment is dedication to the goal of excellence in service and accountability. It includes the desire to understand the task and to follow through in its completion. Committed employees are dependable, loyal and consistent, ensuring that the level of service and degree of accountability remain reliable. Individuals who are committed to excellence exhibit pride in their accomplishments, and the drive for self-improvement.

Empowerment is the capacity of an individual or a team to perform optimally. It is a process that challenges our assumptions about the way things are and can be. An empowered staff member is well-trained and free to identify and execute solutions to the problems or tasks assigned to them without the fear of reprisal. They accept the right, risk, responsibility and accountability to fail a little bit in order to gain.

Creativity is the ability to envision, create and/or implement productive ideas and innovative solutions that enhance continuous improvement, quality service, and accountability. Creative individuals experiment to find ways to improve efficiency, customer satisfaction, or professional standards. A creative approach goes beyond what is currently accepted or practiced by continuously striving toward a benchmark of excellence that is in keeping with changing institutional and customer needs.

Collaboration is the coming together of parties with diverse skills and backgrounds, contributing those skills and resources in an atmosphere of trust, respect and flexibility, in order to achieve shared goals and objectives. Collaboration is a philosophy of interaction wherein cooperation, consensus, flexibility, adaptability, and good communication styles are needed.

Equity means that everyone is treated fairly and with respect. Equity actions are deliberate efforts to build partnership skills among people, enhance people's ability to work together productively, expand career opportunities, embrace strength inherent in diversity, avoid stereotyping and discrimination while building community.

Trust, respect, communication, and results-oriented are concepts that are included in some of the principles listed above. These four concepts also stand alone as principles that represent the people and practices in the Administration and Finance Division. Trust implies an ability and willingness to rely on a person. Respect is having confidence in them. Communication involves not only listening and sharing, but also anticipating who needs to know and when messages should be sent. Finally, to be results-oriented is a practical demonstration of the commitment to act according to the principles and to deliver what is promised.

To help encourage these principles AFD has designed the Division of Administration and Finance's Staff Recognition Program. The purpose of the program is to celebrate employee performance in support of these principles. The Staff Recognition Program provides a formal means of recognizing employees for efforts above the normal scope of their responsibilities, recognizing and encouraging behaviors that demonstrate the division's stated principles. This program is designed to enhance day-to-day recognition that is an integral part of good management practices.

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