Mission, Core Themes, and Values


Utah Tech University is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university featuring active and applied learning to advance students’ knowledge and skills while fostering competent, resilient, lifelong learners to succeed in their careers and personal lives as creators, innovators, and responsible citizens.

Core Themes (L.E.O.)

Core Theme One: Learning

Preparing knowledgeable and competent active learners, by delivering excellent teaching in a student-centered environment.

Core Theme Two: Engagement

Maintaining active involvement and positive collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and the community to foster economic and community development, facilitating educational, cultural and recreational enrichment.

Core Theme Three: Opportunity

Valuing inclusion, access, diversity, equity, service and citizenship.


Academic Distinction: Excellence as an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university that distinguishes UT from other universities

Student Learning and Success: Achievement of learning outcomes and the attainment of an academic award or other educational goals, including holistic personal development

Equity and Inclusion: A safe, tolerant and welcoming community with diverse identities, ideas, and beliefs who collaborate and learn through open and civil discourse

Purposeful Discovery: Creative thinking and acting across boundaries to solve complex problems both individually and collaboratively

Collaborative Culture: An open culture grounded on principles of honesty, integrity, sharing, transparency, accountability, mutual respect, and freedom of inquiry

Public Service: Effective leadership of civic, educational, economic, and cultural entities and initiatives to transform communities

Local and global resources: Mutually beneficial partnerships that engage and integrate local and global resources into learning experiences, with a special emphasis on southern Utah

Innovation and Responsiveness: Responsive to local and regional needs and opportunities through institutional innovation and entrepreneurship