Core Values / Who We Are
Eastern nurtures student success, and we expect our students to achieve their fullest academic
and personal potential.
Our actions are guided by four core values:
- We uphold excellence in all we do.
- We value personal relationships, and we strive to strengthen the personal experience at Eastern for all members of our campus community and all whom we serve.
- We believe in the accessibility of an Eastern education and the opportunities it creates.
- We support service to each other and to our community, region, state, nation, and world.
Eastern Illinois University has become a top-tier regional comprehensive university because of
our commitment to these core values, our passion for working with students, and our drive to
excel. Eastern is at the forefront of achievement and innovation in higher education, and our
accomplishments are many.
- We are the university that is home to the 2011 Illinois Professor of the Year.
- We are the university that has five alumni who have been recognized as Illinois Teacher of the Year.
- We are the university that has embraced integrative learning, annually sending more than 20 students to present their original research at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research.
- We are the university that has more graduates continue their educations and earn doctoral degrees than any other Illinois master’s institution, and we rank in the top 5% nationally on this metric.
- We are the university that received the 2011 Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
- We are the university that for three consecutive years has won Student Emmy Awards for broadcast journalism.
- We are the university that has a world-class fine arts center designed by Antoine Predock, recipient of 2006 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement.
- We are the university that built one of the nation’s largest campus biomass gasification
projects without additional taxpayer funds or tuition dollars.
- We are the university that for two consecutive years has won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup for overall athletic achievement.
Eastern Illinois University will be a premier comprehensive university, global in its reach and
impact, where personal connections with faculty and staff support students’ academic success.