Mission & Core Values

Our Mission

Fort Lewis College provides an integrated and formative liberal arts and professional education to a diverse student population, preparing global citizens to work in and contribute to a complex world.

Our Core Values

Core Value Domain Core Value Statements


  • We vigorously protect academic freedom as the foundation for learning, inquiry, free expression, and the advancement of knowledge.
  • We are committed to personalized experiential learning.
  • We provide connected knowing and independent and collaborative learning.
  • We offer courses, majors, and programs that will benefit students and society.


  • We see diversity as a source of renewal and vitality.
  • We honor our historic commitment to Native American education.
  • We are committed to treating everyone with respect, dignity, and consideration.


  • We prepare students to be productive members of society while they are in school and after graduation.
  • We are committed to making our community a better place to live and work.
  • We partner with the community and businesses to expand service to Southwest Colorado, the region, the state, and the country.
  • We serve as a resource for our community.

High Expectations

  • We define purposeful, high-impact outcomes.
  • We are committed to challenging students, faculty, and staff to move beyond the ordinary.
  • We challenge and hold each other accountable to achieving those expectations.
  • We provide an environment that rewards creativity.
  • We hold each other accountable for improvement and continual renewal.


  • We practice responsible planning and prudent financial management.
  • We explain and communicate the rationale behind our decisions.
  • We work to protect and strengthen the reputation of Fort Lewis College.
  • We protect the natural resources under our stewardship.
  • We will offer the necessary tools and resources to support faculty and staff in pursuit of their professional development.


  • We are committed to holding a significant and positive position in Higher Education, in the workforce and in our community.
  • We provide education that is practical, applicable, and contemporary.
  • We make use of best practices.
  • We are an employer of choice.