Mission Statement

Dickinson State University is a regional comprehensive institution within the North Dakota University System, whose primary role is to contribute to intellectual, social, economic, and cultural development, especially to Southwestern North Dakota. The University’s mission is to provide high-quality, accessible programs; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; to support scholarly and creative activities; and to provide service relevant to the economy, health, and quality of life for the citizens of the State of North Dakota.


Dickinson State University will educate a diverse population through innovative teaching, learning and scholarship fostering responsible citizens who impact the world.

Dual Mission Designation

What does it mean to be Dual Mission?

Across the nation, institutions of higher education are exploring what it means to them. For DSU it means that as a campus community, we are committed to being workforce adaptive and removing barriers to ensure programs get running.

Being Dual Mission means DSU is responsive and relevant in meeting the educational needs of the citizens in our region as we:

  • seek to understand the needs of students and the region;
  • evaluate and develop programs and delivery methods to meet these needs;
  • partner to offer workforce training;
  • establish streamlined pathways for degree attainment based on student educational goals.

Core Values

Integrity: We believe in being truthful, reliable, accountable, and fair as individuals and as an institution.

Accessibility: We define accessibility broadly to include diversity and inclusiveness in educating a globally responsible, astute and engaged citizenry, as well as being flexible and responsive to our students (Student-centeredness) and to our constituents (collaborative relationships).

Excellence: We value academic, scholarly and creative excellence.

Inquiry & Innovation: We believe in the value and pursuit of life-long learning.

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan 2021-2026 is based on Dickinson State University’s mission, vision, and values. The goals and objectives are aligned with DSU’s Mission and the State Board of Higher Education’s (SBHE) mission and goals.

View our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan