Values, Vision, Mission, and Goals

Values, Vision, Mission, and Goals


The College of Nursing is a force for innovation, learning, and discovery in preparing culturally proficient nurses for leadership in health for a global society.


To provide an affordable and accessible education to enhance health and healing through nursing leadership in teaching, scholarship, practice, and service.


We, the faculty of the College of Nursing, are committed to:

Caring and Collaborative Relationships

  • Caring and compassion as the heart of evidence-based nursing practice
  • Collaboration with clients, nursing, and interdisciplinary peers as essential to enhancing health and healing
  • Attending to the needs and input of vulnerable and underserved populations


  • Nursing's contribution to reducing health disparities and promoting health in a global society
  • An environment that enhances the social conscience and professional development of all members of the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing
  • The knowledge that environments are interrelated systems that affect and are affected by nursing practice, culture, and public policy, where students develop their identity as agents for innovation in the world


  • The reciprocal relationships among teaching, scholarship, and engagement
  • Encouraging integrity and high moral character in all members of the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing
  • Becoming reflective practitioners to increase the authenticity of our work (Boyer,1990)


  • Creative ways of acquiring, managing, and sharing knowledge


  • Striving to design and provide culturally sensitive nursing care in a global society
  • Promoting diversity in our College and in the profession

Lifelong Learning

  • Arts, humanities, and sciences as a foundation for nursing education
  • Learning as a dynamic, collaborative process, that promotes mutual growth of students and teachers


Engagement Goal

Establish innovative scholarly engagement models that define and respond to the health of the public. Our objectives are to:

  1. Contribute to the search for answers to the most pressing social, civic, economic, and moral problems facing our profession and world today (Boyer, 1990)
  2. Facilitate and enhance an organizational culture of diversity that promotes the success of collaborative partnerships, relationships, and affiliations within a global community
  3. Promote and expand faculty teaching, scholarship, service and practice, which reflects faculty expertise and needs of our communities of interest
  4. Promote faculty development and systematic understanding through a variety of mechanisms that would include:
    1. Coordinating access to all existing internal university resources
    2. Securing external global resources
    3. Mentoring faculty in the ongoing development of their academic   careers
  5. Contribute to systematic and structural improvement of the University and UMass systems
  6. Promote service to the underserved and vulnerable populations in our region

Teaching Goal

We prepare professional nurses by creating an innovative environment for inquiry, discovery, and learning with diverse populations. Our objectives are to:

  1. Ensure a flexible, learner-centered environment that uses information technology to its fullest potential to ensure collaboration and inclusivity
  2. Foster the advancement of students through graduate education
  3. Ensure a comprehensive, cohesive curriculum which prepares students for leadership in a changing and diverse sociopolitical world

Scholarship Goal

Enhance the art and science of nursing by creating, translating, and disseminating knowledge. Our objectives are to:

  1. Facilitate the scholarship of discovery through integration, application, and teaching
  2. Foster a creative environment that supports scholarship activities
  3. Enhance mechanisms for interdisciplinary scholarship