Drew University’s highest priority is excellence in liberal education in a changing world environment. This priority guides the planning, implementing, and evaluating of the programs and activities of the University as well as the stewardship of its varied resources.

Excellence in liberal education at Drew requires scholarly, creative faculty who teach effectively and intellectually prepared students who want to learn. This excellence emphasizes the interrelatedness of learning in undergraduate, graduate and theological schools and promotes intellectual rigor and responsible citizenship, while preparing individuals for significant contributions to society.

Drew University endeavors to create a distinctive environment for liberal education. Characteristics of this environment are an ethos of curiosity and achievement within an intentionally intimate community of learning which emphasizes close student-faculty relationships and collegiality. This ethos includes respect for individuality and appreciation of diversity. Drew University places special attention on the ongoing evaluation and improvement of teaching and learning, the uses of technology, and the global context of knowledge.