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About Viterbo University

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Mission, Vision, and Identity

Viterbo University Strategic Plan 2007–2013
University of Opportunity: Hope and Help
Approved by the Board of Trustees, January 28, 2008

Identity Statement

Founded and sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Viterbo is a Catholic, Franciscan University in the liberal arts tradition.


The Viterbo University community prepares students for faithful service and ethical leadership.

Core Values

In keeping with the tradition of our Franciscan founders, we hold the following core values:

  • Contemplation,reflecting upon the presence of God in our lives and work
  • Hospitality, welcoming everyone we encounter as an honored guest
  • Integrity, striving for honesty in everything we say and do
  • Stewardship,practicing responsible use of all resources in our trust
  • Service,working for the common good in the spirit of humility and joy


Leading with its strengths, the University will focus its energies and resources to achieve academic distinction in selected programs, improve facilities, double the endowment, grow undergraduate and graduate enrollments and ensure that each program and service strives for excellence and supports student success, all within the context of Viterbo’s mission and Franciscan heritage. 

The university’s leadership and initiatives will produce a cultural change in the region, resulting in a focus on ethical leadership and management in businesses, non-profit organizations and schools.  More nurses with advanced skills and Christian compassion will care for patients, more teachers committed to the full-potential and dignity of every child will guide their students, and more undergraduates will be enrolled in the finest graduate programs, bringing with them a dedication to stewardship and responsibility in the practice of their disciplines.

Franciscan hospitality will be a hallmark of our identity.  We will strengthen the programs that support the mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and create unique learning and service opportunities that a Catholic university can bring to the diocese, Catholic schools and to people of all faiths.

A successful endowment campaign will make scholarship funds available to needy and qualified students to obtain a values centered education and will provide resources to recruit and retain outstanding faculty committed to teaching and personal attention.

Institutional Priorities

  1. Academic Distinction:
    1. Achieve national distinction for the School of Fine Arts in the fields of music, music/theatre, theatre, and technical theater.
    2. Achieve national distinction for the D.B. Reinhart Ethics Institute through its academic programs, publications, lectures and collaborative outreach programs.
    3. Achieve regional distinction as a center of excellence in nursing education and dietetics education.
    4. Achieve state-wide distinction for selected programs in the social and natural sciences.
    5. Achieve tri-state distinction for preparation, advancement and continuing education of professional educators.
    6. Advance the reputation of the Fine Arts Center as the regional epicenter for fine arts programming and entertainment.
    7. Support teaching and learning at increased levels through annual and endowed funds for faculty development, scholarship and technology.
    8. Achieve accreditation renewal for 10 year period and approval of change requests.
  2. Catholic and Franciscan Identity
    1. Amplify and apply our Catholic and Franciscan identity for the betterment of our students, community and common good.
    2. Demonstrate Franciscan hospitality by welcoming and supporting students of all faiths.
    3. Expand opportunities for trustees, faculty, administration, staff and students to better understand the content and meaning of the intellectual, spiritual and ethical traditions of the Catholic faith and of Franciscan traditions and values.
    4. Strengthen partnerships with the FSPA and the Diocese of La Crosse to include cooperative exchanges with regional Catholic high schools and by providing scholarships for graduates of diocesan Catholic high schools in the region.
    5. Develop degree programs (e.g. pastoral ministry), workshops, certificate programs, and continuing education for parish nurses, diocesan priests, deacons and pastoral ministers in ethics, social justice and other specific areas as requested.
  3. Affordability, Access and Success
    1. Increase endowment from $24 million to $50 million by 2013.
    2. Recruit and prepare academically talented students in selected programs for professional careers, and for graduate and professional schools.
    3. Expand opportunities for international experiences, Spanish language proficiency, and interactions with diverse cultures that better prepare students for success in a global workforce.
    4. Provide greater access and affordability for talented and financially needy students from the tri-state region through Hope and Help Scholarships
  4. Enrollment Growth
    1. Increase full time undergraduate enrollment from 1,400 to 2,000 and increase total head count enrollment from approximately 3,500 to 5,000.
    2. Meet emerging work force needs in the region by expanding the academic portfolio at the graduate level in selected disciplines.
    3. Respond to the needs of working adults, business, and community for associate and baccalaureate degree completion, certificate programs, continuing professional education and life-long learning.
    4. Become the partner of choice for technical and community college graduates for seamless transfer into selected undergraduate programs.
    5. Prepare a comprehensive marketing plan aligned with the strategic plan to enhance academic distinction, student recruitment, and fund raising.
    6. Prepare a comprehensive campus facilities master plan to guide future development.
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