Mission and Vision

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Through innovation, academic excellence, and empowering environments, Pennsylvania Western University provides accessible education that cultivates career-ready, life-long learners and leaders, who enrich and engage each other, their communities, the region, and beyond.


Pennsylvania Western University empowers students to achieve meaningful goals through a broad array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate programs, career-focused learning, and support systems that foster lifelong success.


  • Learning: We are a community of educators who provide a learning environment where students thrive and achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals.
  • Growth: We are student ready, guiding our students towards personal, financial, and academic success.
  • Inclusion: We advocate for all members of our campus communities and provide an equitable, supportive environment that builds a sense of belonging and togetherness.
  • Collaboration: We engage in innovative partnerships, programs, and opportunities to address the needs of our regional communities and the commonwealth.
  • Culture: We share a sense of purpose that unites the Pennsylvania Western University community at large and provides opportunities to learn, work and thrive.

Institutional Outcomes

PennWest graduates will:

  • Seek, develop, evaluate, and use information effectively
  • Act ethically, equitably, and inclusively
  • Communicate impactfully
  • Apply broad-based knowledge, interpersonal skills, and professional expertise to identify and solve problems in a complex and ever-changing world
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