Jacksonville State University

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Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Rd. North,
Jacksonville, AL 36265
Phone: (800) 231-5291
E-mail Address: - [email protected]

Vision, Mission, Goals & Values

JSU HOME Ľ Office of the President Ľ Vision, Mission, Values


JSU Vision

Jacksonville State University will be the regional comprehensive institution of choice for students who want a strong, high quality education. Students will be challenged academically by dedicated and accessible faculty and have access to the latest technology to ensure success in an expanding global community. Curriculum offerings will utilize developing methods of instruction to eliminate barriers of time and distance and allow the JSU experience to transcend regional boundaries. Highly responsive services that demonstrate the institutionís commitment to continuous improvement will ensure JSUís reputation as the friendliest campus in the South.

JSU Mission

Jacksonville State University is a public, comprehensive teaching institution that provides educational, cultural, and social experiences for a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population. As a student-centered university, Jacksonville State University strives to balance academic challenges with a range of support services for studentsí academic, career, and personal goals. As an academic institution, Jacksonville State University seeks to produce broadly educated graduates with skills for employment, citizenship, and life-long learning. As a comprehensive university, Jacksonville State University supports scholarly and service activities consistent with its academic and professional strengths.

JSU Goals
Educate students to be productive, responsible citizens and effective leaders.
Advance student learning through academic excellence.
Increase student and faculty participation in research and service activities.
Create a diverse learning community that facilitates academic and professional excellence.
Effectively use technology to support learning, research, information management and evidence-based decision-making.
Continuously improve administrative processes and services.
Enhance revenue growth and financial planning to ensure adequate fiscal resources for the university

JSU Core Values
The social, intellectual, cultural, and physical development of students, faculty, and staff.
Being the friendliest campus in the south.
Providing an affordable quality education.
Maintaining a diversity of faculty, staff, and student body.
The support of intellectual and academic freedom, dialogue, and the free exchange of ideas.
Quality teaching to prepare students for employment, citizenship, and life-long learning.
Student accessibility of faculty and staff.
Maintaining a beautiful campus that preserves the historical architecture of the University.
Collegial decision-making.
Excellence in all aspects of university life.
Providing a continuous improvement environment.
Providing access to state-of-the-art technology

A Measurement of Our Success

From modest beginnings, Jacksonville State University has evolved into the educational center of Northeast Alabama. The Alabama Legislature in the 1882-83 session created a state normal school when Governor Edward O'Neal signed into law a bill creating the school on February 22, 1883. Jacksonville State Normal School acquired the facilities and equipment of Calhoun College, consisting of twelve acres of land and a two-story brick building. The Board of Directors elected James C. Ryals, Jr. as the first president. The school opened with three instructors: W. J. Borden, mathematics; Eliza A. Bowen, English; and Ida J. Woodward, primary department. As stipulated in the establishing act, the Normal School conducted a preparatory school for children of the town and surrounding areas. At the end of the first year, on August 15, 1884, William Mark Haymes, President of the Board of Directors, reported that funds totaling $4,751.25 had been received, including $2,500 from the state, that 25 students were enrolled in the Normal School, and that 222 were in the preparatory school.

The Normal School remained in operation until 1930 when it became Jacksonville State Teachers College, reflecting an increasing higher education role for the Institution. Five years later, the College earned regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1957, the name again changed to Jacksonville State College when the first graduate program -- the master's degree in elementary education -- was created. On August 2, 1966, the State Board of Education was authorized to elevate the college to university status. On August 17, 1967, the Legislature established an independent Board of Trustees for the University and divested jurisdiction from the State Board of Education.

DIRECTIONS TO JSU

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We hope that you will use these directions useful to help you find us! Please review them prior to your visit. If you have any questions about these directions, please call the JSU Visitor Center at (256) 782-5260. If you wish, you may visit MapQuest and enter your address to receive custom directions from your location to us. We can't wait to see you here!

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From Birmingham, Ala.:
Take I-20 East to Exit 185 (Anniston/Oxford - Alabama Highway 21). Turn left onto Alabama Highway 21 North. Go through Oxford, Anniston/McClellan, and the Jacksonville square (about 20 miles). You will see twelve story Houston Cole Library on the right and the marble University sign on the left. The entrance to the university is on your left. Please consult the Campus Map for your desired location.

From Atlanta, Georgia:
Take I-20 West to Exit 185 (Anniston/Oxford - Alabama Highway 21). Merge right onto Alabama Highway 21 North. Go through Oxford, Anniston/McClellan, and the Jacksonville square (about 20 miles). You will see twelve story Houston Cole Library on the right and the marble University sign on the left. The entrance to the university is on your left. Please consult the Campus Map for your desired location.

From Huntsville, Ala.:
Take US-HWY 431 (Governor's Drive) South through Gadsden. Once south of Gadsden, turn left onto AL-HWY 204. Highway 204 leads directly to campus. Please consult the Campus Map for your desired location.

From Montgomery, Ala.:
Take US-HWY 231 North. In Sylacauga, take AL-HWY 21 North off of US-HWY 231. Go through Talledega, Oxford, Anniston/McClellan, and the Jacksonville square (about 20 miles). You will see twelve story Houston Cole Library on the right and the marble University sign on the left. The entrance to the university is on your left. Please consult the Campus Map for your desired location.

From Rome, Georgia:
Travel on Highway 27 South to Cedartown and take US-HWY 278 West to Piedmont, Alabama. In Piedmont, turn left on HWY 200. Highway 200 merges onto AL HWY 21 South. Follow HWY 21 South to Jacksonville. You will see twelve story Houston Cole Library on the left and the marble University sign on the right. The entrance to the university is on your right. Please consult the Campus Map for your desired location.

WHY JSU?

WELCOMING & FRIENDLY
According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, JSU students reported a significantly higher quality relationship with the faculty and administration than its peers.

QUALITY IN ACCREDITATION
Jacksonville State University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools and offers more accredited programs than any regional university in the State of Alabama.

REPUTATION
Jacksonville State University credentials more educators than any other university in the State of Alabama and has been training qualified educators for more than 125 years!

OPPORTUNITY
The College of Commerce and Business Administration at JSU ranks second in the nation for offering best opportunities for women.

INVOLVEMENT
Jacksonville State University boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio (20:1) while offering students more than 100 clubs and organizations to keep the campus alive and exciting.


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