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Mission Statement

We are a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts university founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa. Clarke educates students at the post-secondary level in the liberal arts and sciences, the fine arts, selected professional programs, and graduate programs.

We, the faculty, students, staff and administration, are a caring, learning community committed to excellence in education. We provide a supportive environment that encourages personal and intellectual growth, promotes global awareness and social responsibility, and deepens spiritual values.

To Foster Our Mission:

WE ENCOURAGE personal and intellectual growth by:

  • challenging ourselves to grow, experiment, and explore
  • fostering critical thinking and informed decision-making
  • requiring articulate communication of thoughts and ideas
  • setting high standards for quality
  • utilizing the best tools available for learning
  • providing skills for success in the contemporary world
  • developing creativity, aesthetic awareness, and appreciation
  • encouraging personal initiative and leadership
  • promoting physical well-being
  • instilling a passion for life-long learning.

WE PROMOTE global awareness and social responsibility by:

  • supporting and caring for one another
  • recognizing the responsibility and necessity to serve others
  • reaching out actively to serve the community
  • respecting individual rights, privacy, and diversity
  • raising consciousness regarding contemporary issues
  • emphasizing peaceful resolutions to conflict
  • modeling collaboration in leadership
  • bringing about positive changes as responsible members of a world community.

WE DEEPEN spiritual values by:

  • supporting the Catholic tradition
  • enhancing one’s own search for the Sacred
  • applying spiritual values in our lives
  • challenging ourselves to understand other traditions
  • experiencing community celebrations of faith.

THEREFORE, we envision our graduates to be persons who believe in and demonstrate:

  • intellectual rigor and curiosity
  • critical analysis and informed decision-making
  • spiritual depth and values
  • aesthetic sensitivity and cultural appreciation
  • active community involvement
  • contemporary professional skills in field of choice
  • personal and social responsibility
  • acceptance of diversity in people and ideas
  • self-knowledge, self-confidence, and self-motivation.