Rose-Hulman guiding principles

1. Rose-Hulman puts the student first

  • maintain small size, small classes, and individual attention;
  • provide active help and a general sense of caring support;
  • encourage interaction within the Rose-Hulman community;
  • emphasize undergraduate education while maintaining quality programs in graduate and continuing education.

2. Rose-Hulman fosters the continued growth of all its community members

  • stimulate creativity, curiosity, and intellectual excitement;
  • promote personal growth in students, faculty, and staff;
  • encourage persistence, self-discipline and working to one's potential;
  • instill a sense of ethics and personal responsibility;
  • practice tolerance and encourage diversity;
  • broaden students through a rigorous liberal education;
  • prepare students for leadership roles;
  • promote scholarship, research, and continual professional growth.

3. Rose-Hulman provides an opportunity to develop the skills required of the technical professional

  • emphasize a systematic, rigorous grounding in fundamentals;
  • teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • emphasize hands-on experience and real-world projects;
  • develop communication, team, and networking skills;
  • provide cross-disciplinary experiences;
  • encourage entrepreneurial thinking;
  • inculcate the habits of professional practice;
  • help students obtain undergraduate work experience by assisting them in their efforts to acquire summer internships and co-ops;
  • assist students in their efforts to find professional employment or further educational opportunities upon graduation.

4. Rose-Hulman seeks continuous improvement in all its programs

  • strive to enhance our role as an innovator in technical education;
  • integrate cutting edge technology with cutting edge pedagogy;
  • continue rigorous assessment efforts;
  • provide state-of-the-art facilities;
  • practice careful stewardship, reducing costs while increasing quality.

5. Rose-Hulman contributes to society and fosters citizenship and service in its members

  • develop an understanding of the impact of science and technology on society;
  • encourage students, alumni, faculty, and staff to use their talents for the betterment of society;
  • emphasize contributing to the profession and to the body of knowledge;
  • play an active role in bettering the community;
  • participate in business and academic partnerships;
  • foster economic and social development -- regional, national, and global.

6. Rose-Hulman maintains a collegial, collaborative, supportive working environment

  • create a work place where everyone feels included, fairly treated, and secure;
  • support academic freedom;
  • solve problems positively and develop institute policy through consensual methods;
  • promote open communication;
  • treat everyone equally and with respect;
  • support and cooperate with one another;
  • encourage innovation and risk-taking;
  • expect everyone to contribute to the institute's success;
  • retain a sense of humor and remember to have fun.


[Adopted at the Institute Meeting 11/9/99; modified at the 12/7/99 Institute Meeting]