Cascades Ways

1. We Promote Student Success Through Inspiration and Caring

We inspire students to achieve high standards, and give them the tools and support they need. We care about students as individuals.

2. We Are Curious, Creative and Foster Inquiry

We research and innovate to address issues of significance, both internal to campus and throughout the world. We create new art, literature, knowledge, and processes, and share them widely.

3. We Make a Personal Connection

We pay attention to the things that make people unique, and what they need to thrive. We practice compassion and kindness. We listen with care and empathy, and speak honestly and directly.

4. We Aspire to Excellence and Integrity in Every Endeavor

We make the most of our resources and contribute to exceptional results. We demonstrate an unwavering commitment to doing the right thing in every action and decision.

5. We Consider Current and Future Generations in Every Deliberation

We make choices that expand the options for current AND future generations to thrive. We look for hidden costs and benefits and bring them into our decision-making.

6. We Demonstrate Leadership in Service to Community

We contribute to a thriving, equitable, and sustainable community, whether that be a community of geography or a community of interest. We set an example with our actions and words.

7. We Respect and Celebrate the Dignity and Uniqueness of Individuals

We seek out, embrace, and celebrate differences within our community. We speak up and act when discrimination or bias occurs. We make the campus a welcoming place for everyone.

8. We Find a Way

We take personal responsibility for making things happen — somehow, someway. We understand what we are trying to achieve and develop solutions rather than explaining why it can’t be done.

9. We Take Risks, Learn and Try Again

We take risks in order to learn, innovate, and improve. We reframe failure as an opportunity for learning, and try again. We are entrepreneurial and nimble, and get smarter with every experience.

10. We Assume Positive Intent While Taking Responsibility for Our Impact

We work from the assumption that people are good, fair, and honest, and that the intent behind their actions is positive. We also take responsibility when we cause harm, regardless of our intent.

11. We Honor Commitments

We earn people’s trust by being true to our word. We do what we say we’re going to do, when we say we’re going to do it.

12. We Are Clear on Expectations

We create clarity and avoid misunderstandings by discussing expectations up front. We establish mutually understood objectives and deadlines for all projects, issues, and commitments.

13. We Celebrate All Wins and Build Each Other Up at Every Chance

We catch people doing things right. We regularly extend meaningful acknowledgement and appreciation – throughout the university. We win together and support each other every day.

14. We Are Good Stewards of Our Resources

We recognize and honor our students, donors, supporters, and public funding by being good stewards of our resources. We utilize our spaces wisely and make an impact with donor funds.

15. We Collaborate for Success

We work across divisions and communicate what we’re doing with those who need to know. We act in an open, collaborative way and create an atmosphere of teamwork. We are stronger as a team.

16. We Champion Wellness

We incorporate healthy choices and activities into the life of the campus. We take actions to support our health and wellness every day and encourage others to join us.

17. We Keep Things Fun

We know the world has bigger problems than the challenges of our work. We keep perspective and don’t take things personally. We laugh every day and make someone else laugh with us.