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Orfalea College of Business

Vision, Mission & Principles

The vision for the Orfalea College of Business is to be a transformational leader in experiential business education. This vision guides our decision making, with our students at the core of those decisions. 

We deliver on this vision through an unwavering commitment to our mission: to educate career-ready future business leaders in a polytechnic learn-by-doing environment and produce research that positively influences business and society. 

This mission is lived out through our core principles: 

Learn-by-Doing—deliver innovative business education focused on active engagement, reflection, and hands-on experience. 

Teacher-Scholar Model–engage in interconnected teaching and research that advances economic, organizational, and technological theory, policy, and practice. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion–promote belonging and well-being through mutual respect, critical and independent thought, creating equal opportunities, and empowering people to be their authentic selves. 

Regeneration—evaluate and resource academic and professional activities to sustain impact and financial viability. 

Collectively our vision, mission, and principles represent our purpose—and our promise to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other stakeholders. 

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