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Mission and Vision

Idaho State University Vision Statement

The mission of Idaho State University is to advance scholarly and creative endeavors through the creation of new knowledge, cutting-edge research, innovative artistic pursuits and high-quality academic instruction; to use these qualities to enhance technical, undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, healthcare, and other services provided to the people of Idaho, the Nation, and the World; and to develop citizens who will learn from the past, think critically about the present, and provide leadership to enrich the future in a diverse, global society.

Graduate School Mission Statement

The Graduate School promotes and supports excellence in graduate education. In realizing this mission, the Graduate School acts to recruit, support, retain and matriculate scholars, researchers and practitioners educationally empowered as critical thinking citizens and agents of innovation, opportunity and change.

Graduate School Vision Statement

The Graduate School aspires to be a leading driver of high quality graduate education, and is dedicated to the embodiment of academic and creative excellence, resulting in scholars, researchers and practitioners committed to and capable of continually broadening the scope of academic discourse, discovery and innovation.

Graduate School Informed Beliefs

  1. Integrity
  2. Inquiry and Innovation
  3. Academic and Creative Excellence
  4. Collaboration
  5. Social Justice Awareness & Advocacy
  6. Inclusiveness
  7. Interdisciplinary Research
  8. Lifelong Learning
  9. Quality Customer Service

About the Graduate School at Idaho State University


The main office of the Graduate School is located in Room 401, on the top floor of the Museum Building (Idaho Museum of Natural History).

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Regional Accreditation

Idaho State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process.

An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224

Specialized Accreditation

In addition, many undergraduate and graduate programs maintain specialized professional accreditation.

The Office of Institutional Research maintains the most up-to-date list of ISU programs with specialized accreditation.