Mission and Vision
Vision: To be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving
Learning 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Leading Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Serving Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Mission: Promoting Academic Excellence in a Christian Environment
- Faith Integration. Establish a culture where biblical faith permeates all aspects of University life
- Admissions & Enrollment. Manage enrollment growth
- Student Success. Prepare students to succeed intellectually, professionally, spiritually and personally
- Faculty/Staff Development. Develop a community of faculty and staff committed to integrating faith and work
- Distance Education & Online Learning. Enhance learning opportunities through online programs
- Institutional Identity. Build a distinctively Christian identity that highlights excellence
- Facilities & Space. Develop and update Capital Project plan
- Financial Stewardship. Generate sufficient resources to achieve institutional goals and financial stability
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
BIBLICAL CORE VALUES: WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT ...
Scripture. II Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." The Bible is the inerrant and infallible record of God's revelation to humanity, and it is the only sufficient source of appeal on matters relating to the Christian faith.
God. Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." John 1:3 "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made." There is one and only one living and true God. The historical account of Genesis decrees that He is the personal and direct Creator of all that exists, including the first human beings Adam and Eve. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
Jesus Christ. John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." God made provision through Christ for the redemption of sinful humanity by His substitutionary atonement on the cross, and He alone is sufficient as Savior.
Salvation. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Salvation involves God's gracious redemption of individuals and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior by repentance and faith.
Life of the Believer. Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Christians are to be consistent with Scripture in their character and conduct.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Charleston Southern University is an independent comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. This suburban coeducational institution with liberal arts and professional curricula offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University was founded upon the principle that students should have an opportunity for a quality education under the guidance of Christian faculty. The University promotes academic excellence in a Christian environment.
The University aims continuously to increase the academic quality of its students. Students currently are drawn primarily from the Southeastern region of the United States and pursue a broad variety of careers in the arts and sciences, as well as business, education and nursing.
The South Carolina Baptist Convention founded the institution in 1964 as the Baptist College at Charleston. The campus is located sixteen miles from the city of Charleston within the city limits of North Charleston. The institution changed its name to Charleston Southern University in 1990 to reflect the offerings of graduate programs.