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Mission & Vision

Mission, Vision & Values



UAFS prepares students to succeed in an ever-changing global world while advancing economic development and quality of place.


UAFS will be a national model for preparing students for workforce mobility through education and professional development while serving as the thought leader in the region for workforce training.



The following are the university's current values it will continue to champion in order to reach its envision future.

UAFS is:

Inclusive: UAFS fosters a welcoming, diverse campus that embraces and promotes inclusion as an integral component to institutional excellence.

Student-focused: UAFS students have countless opportunities to become leaders on campus and in the community with the help of an engaged campus and intimate learning environments led by attentive professors.

Committed to Academic Excellence: UAFS students receive a top-notch education that prepares them for post-graduate success through practical, hands-on learning opportunities spanning the university's spectrum of diverse course offerings.

An Economic and Workforce Developer: UAFS drives economic growth and development in the greater Fort Smith region by educating a workforce, collaborating with organizations and industries, and promoting the arts. 

A Driver of Creative Economy: UAFS works with regional businesses and industries to identify the technical, social, and intellectual skillsets that will promote entrepreneurship and the thinking skills of change.

Innovative: UAFS is an educational pioneer that is constantly examining and pursuing new methods of educating students, whether it be the microcosm of a creative classroom with an inspiring professor or a cutting-edge academic program inspired by local and state needs.