Mission, Values, Vision, Objectives

Mission, Values, Vision, and Objectives approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting, May 13, 2011 as a foundation for the University-wide strategic planning process.  View the document here.


[A Mission Statement defines the organization's purpose and primary objectives. Its prime function is to define the key measure or measures of the organization’s success – and its prime audience is the leadership team and those internal constituents, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, donors, and Trustees. A mission statement is a statement of the entity's reason for being. Often the statement will include verbiage that makes a pledge to deliver a superior product or service on a consistent basis.]


Trinity University is a transformational liberal arts and sciences institution [to be clarified].  As a primarily residential undergraduate university with selected pre-professional and professional programs, it introduces students to new ways of thinking, growing, and being, while creating and nurturing a diverse community that values multiple ways of understanding the world.  Trinity University takes pride in being a catalyst for growth, for its students and all members of the Trinity community. 

Trinity University’s Values

[Values are never-changing “tenets” of an organization, which drive behavior, guide decision making, and shape the culture of institution.]


Discovery, Excellence, Impact, The Individual, Community


The discovery of new knowledge and the reinterpretation of previously discovered knowledge develop an understanding of the world beyond the borders of campus.  Striving to understand the world and ourselves, we never stop learning. Building on what’s already known, the Trinity community works together to create new knowledge. Trinity helps students discover their passions and chart their course. We work with each other in continually uncovering new ways to think, to create, to teach, to learn, and to grow.



Trinity is a place that sets the highest standards and continually reinforces them. The environment inspires the best from students, faculty, and staff and Trinity does not settle for less. Whatever the university sets out to do, it always acts with complete integrity. From curriculum, to research, to creative output, to Trinity’s impact on the world, it consistently strives to achieve the highest standards of liberal arts education.



Trinity works to develop a transformative experience for its students, enabling time spent at Trinity to be especially influential in their lives. As a university, we shape what’s next—from the surrounding community to the rest of the world. Trinity empowers a new community of thinkers, creators, and doers—preparing our students to make a tangible, positive difference wherever they go.


The Individual

At Trinity, each and every person matters—every student, every alumnus, every staff and faculty member. Every individual is treated with thoughtful care and compassion. Trinity respects and nurtures each person’s unique talents, spiritual growth, skills, passions and potential. The university fosters an environment open to individual spiritual discovery, understanding, and growth. Whatever we set out to do, we always act with the highest level of integrity by cultivating individual strengths, with the result that the whole is much stronger.



At Trinity, the sense of community permeates students from the moment they step on campus, to long after they have left. Trinity is connected to other relevant communities worldwide, sustaining groups of people who will engage, attract, serve, inspire, and influence.


[A Vision Statement is about what the entity hopes to become. The vision statement provides the direction for the entity, while not inhibiting the development of the strategy that will allow the entity to reach the vision.]


Trinity University will define the new liberal arts experience.


  1. Trinity University will create a leading edge liberal arts and sciences curriculum to define the new liberal arts, integrating professional and pre-professional programs, striving for excellence in faculty teaching and research, and enabling productive collisions among different disciplines.
  2. Trinity University will integrate the student experience inside and outside the classroom.
  3.  Trinity University will build on existing efforts to create global engagement and awareness.
  4. Trinity University will maximize the unique urban and regional location of San Antonio to enhance the student experience.