Bethel University Core Values & Mission Statement
Bethel University creates a learning community which:
Accepts individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs;
Offers opportunities for individuals to contribute to the University and to other communities in a variety of ways;
Emphasizes human dignity and ethics consistent with the Christian tradition;
Encourages inquiry and the examination of values, self, and society;
Prepares individuals for the life-long pursuit of knowledge in a complex and constantly changing world.
Bethel University’s mission is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop in a Christian environment to their highest intellectual, spiritual, and social potential. This includes synchronous and asynchronous modes of education.
By the words “create opportunities,” the University offers the means for persons to have choices and options opened before them and to develop the confidence and maturity to choose appropriately. By the term “learning community,” the University extends its mission to all persons who seek development of the whole person and who would choose to pursue the aspiration through Bethel University. The learning community of Bethel University includes undergraduate students in traditional and non-traditional programs, graduate students, faculty, staff, the local community, and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Intellectual development focuses on the cognitive aspect of the human; cognitive development incorporates analysis, critical reflection, and synthesis of knowledge of multiple disciplines. To achieve this outcome, the university will leverage developing technology to efficiently create learning experiences for the community.
Social development focuses on the affective and behavioral aspects of the human; social development incorporates the ability to interact and communicate with other humans with civility and tolerance.
Spiritual development focuses on the metaphysical aspect of the human; spiritual development incorporates the ideas of faith, morality, and practice.
By the term, “Christian environment,” the University draws upon the thought of St. Ignatius that the college environment should facilitate knowledge and contemplation such that actions based on unbiased reason and reasonable faith.
Synchronous modes of education means Bethel University offers courses to students in the face-to-face classroom setting, whereas asynchronous means Bethel University offers courses to students in the online classroom platform. By utilizing both the synchronous and asynchronous learning platforms, Bethel University seeks to provide additional educational opportunities to students in the 21st century.