Mission and Vision of AU

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Ashland University, guided by our Christian heritage, is a comprehensive, private university that provides a transformative learning experience, shaping graduates who work, serve and lead with integrity in their local, national, and global communities.


Ashland University aspires to be a nationally recognized private university, where traditions of excellence are fostered and students discern their life calling and thrive.


Accent on the Individual
Pledges the best individual and collective efforts to challenge and encourage each member of the university within a supportive community.

Spirituality and Faith
Affirms Christian values as a core element of the University's institutional identity, emphasizing faith in God, moral integrity and respect for the diversity of values and faith of each person in a community of learning.

Character Development
Promotes integrity, self-discipline, responsibility, compassion, leadership, service and good citizenship.

Academic Freedom
Supports free, open and critical inquiry for both students and faculty necessary for intellectual and professional development.

Excellence in Teaching
Emphasizes teaching supported by research and scholarship as the University's central responsibility.