Mission, Vision, Values, Goals, and Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Our Mission

Faculty, staff, and students at the Florida State University School of Information (Florida’s iSchool) recognize the profound importance of connecting people, information, and technology for the betterment of society. We demonstrate our commitment to universal information design, creation, access, use, and evaluation within a dynamic culture of emerging technology through innovative teaching, research, and service.

We are committed to preparing information professionals with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes to overcome information challenges in all organizations. Our dedication to innovative and interdisciplinary research, collaboration, service, and leadership; respect for diversity; and commitment to ongoing professional development make a vital contribution to the University’s mission as a research-extensive institution.

Our Vision

People-Information-Technology: Making Vital Connections

Our Core Values

The School of Information is committed to:

  • Excellence and innovation in research, teaching, and service;
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration to actively engage and solve information problems;
  • Service and leadership in the profession, nationally and internationally;
  • Recognition and respect for ensuring diversity and inclusion, establishing access, and encouraging responsibility; and
  • Continual professional development to meet the emerging demands of the information fields.

Our Goals

Goal I: Deepen our Commitment to Continuous Innovation

  • Objective 1. Continue to develop a culture of information and technology innovation.

Goal II: Amplify Excellence across our Academic and Research Programs

  • Objective 1. Define, develop, and empower an iSchool faculty for the future.
  • Objective 2. Enhance the quality of iSchool education to contribute to the University’s goal of preeminence in strategically important areas of study and research.
  • Objective 3. Strengthen the excellence and reputation of the iSchool’s graduate professional programs.
  • Objective 4. Expand innovative strategies for teaching.

Goal III: Realize the Full Potential of Diversity and Inclusion

  • Objective 1. Expand the iSchool’s diverse and inclusive academic and research community through recruitment and retention.
  • Objective 2. Encourage diversity and inclusion through hiring, training and retaining effective faculty.
  • Objective 3. Expand and strengthen iSchool academic, co-curricular, and administrative initiatives that increase diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Objective 4. Develop globally and culturally competent students who are prepared to succeed in an increasingly multicultural and international society.

Goal IV: Foster Student Success on Campus and Beyond

  • Objective 1. Expand the iSchool’s high-impact programs of leadership development, and interactive community-building, including with alumni.
  • Objective 2. Deepen the iSchool’s tradition as an integrated and interactive community without borders that makes a difference locally and abroad.
  • Objective 3. Expand the iSchool’s academic support and advising.

Goal V: Prepare our Graduates for 21st Century Careers

  • Objective 1. Expand experiential, cross-cultural, and collaborative learning to meet 21st century career needs.
  • Objective 2. Provide students effective, impactful career advising and mentoring.
  • Objective 3. Engage students in programs and services that prepare them for employment opportunities within and outside of the academy.
  • Objective 4. Leverage technology and relationships with employers and workforce development agencies throughout Florida and beyond for the benefit of students and alumni.

Goal VI: Encourage the College and the University to Continue to Invest in the iSchool and Its Reputation To Meet Their Goals and Strategic Priorities

  • Objective 1. Continue to build and promote a public identity for the iSchool that reflects our impressive academic strengths and achievements.
  • Objective 2. Strengthen the iSchool’s financial foundation through grants and development initiatives.

Revised 22 August 2019 Fall Faculty Retreat

Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The School of Information at Florida State University is committed to advancing the well-being of people of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. The iSchool promotes representation and inclusion across all age, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, religious, racial, ethnic, and ability spectrums. We recognize that information professionals play an important role in addressing social issues such as information privacy and security, information access, and information ethics. Our curriculum, programs, and services are designed to connect people with information and technology to build a more inclusive society.

We seek to:

  • Recruit, support, and retain faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds
  • Maintain a healthy and safe learning and working environment
  • Foster engagement with alumni and other diverse stakeholders

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