Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision

Johnson C. Smith University prioritizes academic excellence and strives to be recognized as a premier professional liberal arts HBCU, providing students with high-quality academic, social, personal, professional and spiritual learning experiences that lead to individual growth and development, a strong sense of community and purpose and top career outcomes.

Our Mission

Rooted in legacy and tradition, Johnson C. Smith University endeavors to provide a multicultural and transformative experience, which educates, prepares and graduates a diverse group of talented and highly motivated students who can communicate effectively, think critically and learn independently as well as collaboratively. Further, JCSU cultivates an inclusive environment in which students are equipped to be global citizens who develop a compelling sense of social and civic responsibility for leadership and service.

Core Values

We hold ourselves accountable and strive to do what is right and best in its totality for our students and all other constituents.

We are committed to the well-being of the whole student across the campus environment – providing academic, personal and professional support to drive students’ collective and individual growth and aspirations while respecting their interests, abilities and cultural identities.

We provide the highest level of regard to all constituents, while remaining flexible and responsive as we deliver programs and support services. We provide an environment that promotes accountability, innovation, collaboration, shared resources, expertise and opinions for the good of the University and its stakeholders.

We maintain a healthy financial position to fuel operational advancement in the present and to lay foundations for our future.

We build a place for the creation, preservation and transmission of knowledge through innovation, research, intellectual, rigor and diverse modes of teaching.

We take pride in our role in advancing cultural competencies, diversity, equality and equity for all.

We take pride in advancing the legacy of our African American traditions and communities, and embrace our HBCU history, locally and globally.