Vision & Mission Statements for the Kimmel School

Vision (Who we want to be):

The Kimmel School is determined to become a national model for applications-focused engineering and technology education and a leader is project based learning.

Mission (Who we are):

The Kimmel School is committed to its statewide mission for education and its regional mission for engagement.  The Kimmel School provides innovative academic programs in Construction Management, Engineering, and Technology for students in an environment that supports economic development, professional development, and involvement with businesses and industries.  The Kimmel School fulfills its academic missions through teaching and learning, scholarship and discovery, and service and engagement.

Core Values (What guides and inspires us):

Inspired by its SPIRIT, the Kimmel School strives to:

Serve - we serve our students, university, community, and region.

Produce - we produce high-quality graduates through our Project Based Learning model.

Innovate - we explore innovative approaches that stimulate thinking, enhance the learning experience, and contribute to improving people's lives.

Research - we promote and support fundamental and applied research that enhances scientific discovery, informs teaching, and fosters the academic growth of all students.

Invest - we invest in recruiting, developing, and retaining outstanding team members to accomplish our mission.

Teach - we seek to enhance educational effectiveness through continuous improvement and advocacy of original teaching pedagogies.


For more details about the Kimmel School's Strategic Plan, please click here (PDF).

For more details about WCU's 2020 Vision Strategic Plan, please click here.

Learn More

The Kimmel School is a college-level unit of Western Carolina University with offices and labs located in the Belk Building and Center for Applied Technologies on WCU's Cullowhee, N.C., campus.

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Please visit the Kimmel School to learn more about what the school is doing as a leader in higher education and as a partner in technology-led economic development throughout the region.


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