Mission, Vision, and Values Mission, Vision, and Values

Vincennes University Mission

Vincennes University, Indiana’s first college, is the State’s premier transfer institution and leader in innovative career programming.  The VU community ensures educational access, delivers proven associate and baccalaureate programs, and offers cultural opportunities and community services in a diverse, student-centered, collegiate environment. The Vincennes University Mission Statement was revised in 2005 by a committee which gathered input from the VU community as well as examining the roles of the University.

Vincennes University Vision

Vincennes University is a premier learning institution, widely recognized for leadership in innovation and delivery of successful educational experiences.  A broad range of program offerings and a commitment to superior service ensure the University’s role as an important link in Indiana’s economic and cultural vitality.  VU is a diverse community whose members all share responsibility for supporting the University mission and are respected for their contributions.

Vincennes University Values

The members of the Vincennes University Community value:

  • Personal growth and academic excellence for our students, faculty, and staff.
  • Collaborative relationships with our stakeholders and communities.
  • An environment that encourages open dialogue and cooperation.
  • Continuous improvement through data-informed planning and evaluation.
  • Cultural enrichment, diversity, and individual freedom.

About Vincennes University, Indiana’s First College

Vincennes University is now embarking on its third century of providing top quality education to undergraduates pursuing 2-year and 4-year academic programs of study in the state of Indiana. VU is Indiana's first college and is one of the oldest in America. It is the birthplace of one of the nation's first two-year institutions of higher learning.

Leadership
Meet the president, provost, and learn about the Vincennes University board of trustees.

History
Founded in 1801 by William Henry Harrison and incorporated as Vincennes University November 29, 1806, VU is one of only two U.S. colleges founded by a President of the United States. William Henry Harrison was the 9th U.S. President.

VU Programs
Under the guidance of highly experienced administrators, faculty and staff members, Vincennes University students have the opportunity to pursue or advance careers in a number of industry-specific areas of expertise such as: teaching, educational administration, healthcare, physical education and wellness, graphic design, journalism, nursing, sport management, aviation, manufacturing and interior design.

Accreditation
Vincennes University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and maintains its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission through the Academic Quality Improvement Program process.