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Mission, Vision, and Core Values


Rhode Island College is a public higher education institution anchored in liberal arts and experiential learning opportunities, with an unwavering commitment to student-centered teaching. Through their experience on campus, and with myriad community partners, students gain knowledge, skills and insight necessary to contribute to, and benefit from, our ever-evolving culture and economy.  RIC continually strives to provide a safe and respectful campus environment that assures freedom of thought and expression, rooted in the belief that we, as a community and individually, all benefit from a diversity of ideas, philosophies and cultural representations. With a strong focus on intellectual and personal growth and professional development, RIC is a force for positive change in the lives of our students and in the state and region.  (Draft 4/1/17)


Rhode Island College will be recognized as a thought leader among public colleges, acknowledged for its individualized, student-centered programs and preparation of the state and region's diverse populations. The college will be distinctive in providing industry-leading, dynamic curricular and co-curricular learning experiences, fostering student retention, completion and professional development. Renown for the expertise and leadership of its faculty, staff, students and alumni, the college will continue to focus on its entrepreneurial approach to preparing students for a 21st century workforce; adaptability to the changing social and economic environment; and collective impact on Rhode Island's economy and culture.  (Draft 4/12/17)

Core Values

Excellence and Innovation

RIC will continue to foster a high-quality educational environment with rigorous academic programs, talented faculty, and a strong support system for academic success. This is complemented by our proven talent, foresight and reputation for responding to emerging issues.

Access and Opportunity

RIC provides a high-quality education experience to prepare students from all walks of life.  We are committed to providing the supports necessary to assure that students have the knowledge and skills to succeed in, and contribute to, our global society.


RIC places a high emphasis on providing a student-centered experience.  Small class sizes, a focus on experiential learning, and committed and caring faculty and staff offer an unmatched student-focused experience.

Diversity and Inclusion

RIC has always been home to one of the most diverse student bodies in the state. This inclusive environment is a strength for all of our students, faculty and staff as we learn together how to grow and prosper in an increasingly both culturally rich and complex world.

State and Community Leadership

RIC provides a caring and supportive campus community for our students, faculty, staff and alumni.  We are committed to partnering with organizations within the state and region to the benefit of our students and the greater community.


RIC is a thriving community of students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Our success depends on transparency; the foundation of strong and trusting relationships. ​​

Page last updated: July 26, 2017