Our mission, values and goals

Our mission

The Oregon State University Extension Service engages the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources, and promote healthy families and individuals.

Our values

  • Community-based
    We value community relationships and connect OSU to local people and issues to enhance the present and the future of the people and communities of Oregon.
  • Accountability
    We focus on achieving measurable outcomes, and document and communicate the impact and value of our work.
  • Credibility
    We deliver relevant, research-based knowledge through our educational programs.
  • Diversity
    We exhibit respect, value differing perceptions and world views, and encourage diversity.
  • Partnerships
    We collaborate with academic, public, and private partners to achieve greater results and build community capacity. We value the public good that comes from collaborating with volunteers.
  • Responsiveness
    We engage with community partners and learners to identify priority issues and needs, to design timely responses, and to build future capability.
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