Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

As members of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services we provide teaching, service, and research in a variety of disciplines to improve the teaching/learning transaction wherever it takes place and to increase the effectiveness of services for individuals, families, communities, schools, and organizations. To achieve this mission, we are committed to:

  • Offering high quality graduate and undergraduate programs in education and human services that are innovative and widely accessible;
  • Supporting and nurturing a faculty committed to masterful teaching and cutting-edge research;
  • Establishing and maintaining nationally visible research centers to advance knowledge and professional practices;
  • Fostering partnerships to enhance the quality of education and human services in our local and extended communities;
  • Extending the impact of our instructional and research programs nationally and globally;
  • Maintaining a technological infrastructure to enhance the College's visibility and accessibility regionally, nationally, and internationally;
  • Enhancing the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students; and
  • Supporting instructional, research, and service programs that cultivate dedication to building a more just and equitable society.

Vision: The Region's Leader

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) is committed to helping people lead richer, fuller lives. We are proud of a land-grant tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and service, and we welcome the challenges of the 21st Century. It is because of our students, work ethic, scholarly productivity, and emphasis on outreach that we are consistently ranked first in the state of Utah and among the top 30 graduate schools of education in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Across the diverse departments and units that comprise the CEHS, faculty practice what they teach. These aspects have culminated into the four goals of our vision of being the region's leader.


Masterful Teaching

The CEHS values high-quality teaching. Therefore, departments and units in the college will focus on these aims:

  • attract and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty;
  • encourage faculty to use cost-effective, best teaching practices;
  • build alliances within and outside the college to enrich our teaching;
  • provide an infrastructure for developing and sharing empirically based teaching innovations;
  • seek funding to support additional endowed chairs.

Research/Scholarship Productivity

Because scholarship and grantsmanship are hallmarks of our college profile, we aim to accomplish the following:

  • continue an emphasis on new faculty grants and faculty development;
  • emphasize research and scholarship in tenure/promotion discussions;
  • increase faculty productivity through journal articles, books, and professional presentations;
  • publicize grant competitions and encourage grant submissions to support expanded programs;
  • increase the number of patents and licenses linked to technology transfer.

Public Service and Outreach

Our land-grant mission involves constructive engagement with those we serve. Therefore, our aims are to:

  • increase the visibility of programs through effective advertising as well as regional and national leadership;
  • enhance the delivery of academic programs through technology-based instruction;
  • pursue new external partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • utilize technology for quality mentoring of off-campus graduate students;
  • provide service to professional groups that assist our stakeholders.

CEHS Infrastructure Development

Faculty recognize that development activities support the aims of quality teaching, research, and service. We seek to accomplish the following:

  • continue our emphasis on technological literacy for all CEHS students;
  • mentor undergraduate and graduate students in scholarly activity, including conference presentations and publications;
  • update our classrooms, laboratories, and faculty with high-quality technology tools;
  • provide training and support for on-line courses and technology-based teaching;
  • expand opportunities for faculty through funded professional travel and enhanced facilities for programs.
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It's About People

The CEHS mission is achievable because our people—excellent students, faculty and staff, department heads and directors—possess the intelligence, drive, and vision to make a difference in people’s lives. We are a college of wide-ranging interests and talents, but we share a commitment that transcends our specializations: an interest in doing good work that benefits others. Looking ahead, we are therefore optimistic about strengthening our ranking as one of the top-ranked colleges in the nation. Thanks to the people who make up the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, our future seems bright with promise.