Mission and Vision


As a campus of Oregon’s leading public research university, OSU-Cascades provides globally-relevant education, research and outreach. Our students develop the knowledge and critical thinking ability to lead informed lives, serve their communities and enhance their careers. OSU-Cascades is committed to the diversity and sustainability of the campus and  surrounding communities.


Oregon State University-Cascades will be a high quality, comprehensive four-year university and major contributor to the vitality of the unique Central Oregon community and environment. It will be a destination of choice for students, faculty, and staff seeking teaching and research excellence within a dynamic, inclusive and student-centered campus community.

OSU-Cascades is a Destination of Choice.


The guiding vision of OSU-Cascades is to contribute significantly to the intellectual, cultural, ecological, social and economic vitality of Central Oregon. To achieve that goal, the OSU-Cascades community will strive to model principles and practices of a thriving, equitable and sustainable society. A culture of learning and exploration provides significant rewards to its members; those rewards are best achieved when all community members (faculty, staff, administrators, students, and Advocacy and Advisory Board) strive to honor the following principles:

  1. Respect the dignity and uniqueness of individuals. This principle applies to a diversity of cultures, belief systems, academic ranks and academic/professional disciplines;
  2. Aspire to excellence and integrity in every endeavor;
  3. Consider current and future generations in every deliberation;
  4. Demonstrate leadership in service to community.

Four Pillars

OSU-Cascades’ vision will not be realized without a deep commitment to innovation and creativity, health and wellness, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion. These four pillars will help inform decisions and will be threaded throughout our academic programs, student life and engagement, research portfolio, and campus operations.