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University Core Values


The university core values committee has been meeting since February 2019, following President Martha Burger’s charge to reinvigorate our core values to give OCU a foundation for supporting our mission, shaping our institutional culture, and guiding our decision-making. This spring, we invited the university community—from students and employees to alumni and trustees—to participate in focus groups and complete a survey. We analyzed the data from 962 survey responses, identified trends, and drafted core values.

To write the core values, the committee stepped back and looked at the big picture, taking the OCU mission, vision, and strategic plan into consideration. We considered the top ideas that emerged from the focus groups and survey and noted where they were already represented in the mission, vision, and strategic plan. We differentiated between goals with action items and values that reflect OCU's aspirational culture and that could guide our decision-making and interactions. We grouped common ideas, and we considered the commentary provided by the OCU community to define each value.

Our goal is for the values to manifest the university’s identity and heart and become the driving force and foundation for OCU’s future. They should reflect what the OCU community already shares and believes, along with projecting our aspirations and identity.

Proposed Core Values

  • INTEGRITY: We hold ourselves and each other accountable to do the right thing in all circumstances.
  • RESPECT: We honor the worth of all by treating ourselves and others with dignity and kindness.
  • DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: We strive to understand and embrace our differences. We take purposeful action to foster a welcoming and supportive environment for all.
  • COLLABORATION: We intentionally pursue our common goals with a genuine spirit of community.

We also offer this visual draft of the values in context at OCU:

Thank You for Your Feedback

Thank you for providing input to the core values draft through a survey in early May! We received 249 responses from trustees, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Using that valuable feedback, committee leaders will present the core values draft to President Martha Burger and university leaders by May 31.

Thank you for participating in such an important project for OCU.