Vision and mission of the college

Vision statement

Goshen College will be recognized as an influential leader in liberal arts education focusing on international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and integrative teaching and learning that offers every student a life-orienting story embedded in the five core values.

Educational mission

Goshen College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the development of informed, articulate, responsible, and compassionate Christians. Our community of faith and learning is built on five core values: Christ-centeredness, passionate learning, servant leadership, compassionate peacemaking and global citizenship. Through our academic and campus life programs, students will develop the knowledge, skills and values for:

A life that is CHRIST-CENTERED, with

A life of PASSIONATE LEARNING, through

A life of SERVANT LEADERSHIP, based on



See the Goshen Core section of the catalog for more information about student learning outcomes at Goshen College.

Historic church relationship, open to all

Goshen College was established in 1894 and is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, a Christian denomination that grew out of the 16th-century Anabaptist movement in northern Europe. With the Friends (Quakers) and the Church of the Brethren, Mennonites are one of the three historic peace churches in the United States. From the church in which it is rooted, Goshen College has derived a spirit of peacemaking, simplicity, mutual support and biblically based service to those in need.

Around 50 percent of students and 70 percent of faculty members are Mennonite affiliated. Other students come from approximately 40 different Christian denominations and several world religions, and include strong representations from Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, and Luterhan traditions as well as non-denominational churches. All full time faculty members are active Christians, and many have lived or worked outside the United States, often in church-related mission or service work. Students are not required to be Christians to attend Goshen, but must be willing to accept and live by the Goshen College Commitment to Community Standards. All who are willing to search for truth with integrity are welcome.

Core Values Institute

The Goshen College Core Values Institute (CVI) grows out of President James E. Brenneman's vision that every student, faculty, staff and board member be given an opportunity to discover his or her part in the unfolding creation that is the Goshen College story.

The foundation for the Core Values Institute is inspired by Robert Benne's book Quality with Soul and Albert J. Meyer's book Realizing Our Intentions, both of which promote the belief that a Christian college or university can maintain its historic connections to the church of its origins and also remain generously welcoming of others from very different faith perspectives.

In a series of participatory sessions and educational experiences, everyone at Goshen College is introduced to and interacts with the five core values of Goshen College: Christ centeredness, passionate learning, servant leadership, compassionate peacemaking, and global citizenship.

These core values grow out of its 500-year old Mennonite Christian faith heritage. By sharing our varied stories with each other and in conversation with these five core values, everyone–from the study hall to the soccer field, from the boardroom to the break room–will become an integral member of the Goshen College family.

The Core Values Institute offers programming and opportunities for intentional engagement in the following ways:
Students–New Student Days orientation, co-curriculars, chapel, convocation, a "story-shaped" Goshen Core curriculum based on integrative learning outcomes.
Staff–New employee orientation, human resource employee development series, Core Values Institute forums, and employee applications and performance appraisals.
Teaching and Administrative Faculty–New faculty orientation, faculty mentor program, Core Values Institute forums, Core Values Institute faith integration symposia, faculty application and tenure review.
Board–Board member orientation, a Core Values Institute plenary session at each board meeting, and policy governance using core values.


Goshen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. [, (800) 621-7440].

The college is authorized by the Indiana Division of Professional Standards Board and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education [] for the preparation of elementary and secondary school teachers. The division of nursing is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nurses Registration and Nursing Education and also by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education []. The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education []. Alumnae of Goshen College are admitted to membership in the American Association of University Women. Goshen College is registered with the Regents of the University of the State of New York.

Equal opportunity

Goshen College is in compliance with all federal regulations pertaining to nondiscrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin and disability in its recruitment, admission, educational, athletic, financial aid and employment policies and programs. We welcome all students as God's creation regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity or nationality, sexual orientation and social or economic class.

Ecological stewardship

In 2007, President Brenneman signed the President's Climate Initiative which commits Goshen College to work toward climate neutrality. Also in 2007, the Rieth Village complex of buildings at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College earned a Platinum LEED certification, the highest level possible. In 2008, the campus named its first Sustainability Coordinator. An ecological stewardship committee of students, faculty and administrators is leading the campus in collaborative efforts to encourage sustainable practices and reduce use of fossil fuels.

Goshen College now purchases all electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. In student-initiated projects, solar energy warms water for the Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center, waste food from the cafeteria is composted, and waste cooking oil is transformed into biodiesel fuel for campus vehicles. In addition, native landscaping covers large areas of the campus, requiring less irrigation and mowing to maintain. Goshen College recently earned a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report, which recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to sustainable practices on campus.