K-State Research and Extension
Core Values

K-State Research and Extension
Statement of Organizational Core Values

 

K-State Research and Extension is guided by: icons>core values
INTEGRITY to develop and deliver credible information,
COMMUNICATION to provide common understanding,
SCHOLARSHIP to foster lifelong learning,
LEADERSHIP to serve as an agent of change, and
INCLUSION to encourage active participation by all.

 

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Integrity

K-State Research and Extension is an organization that values:

INTEGRITY, including honesty, trust, credibility, responsibility, stewardship, and accountability.

We strive to:

  • enhance the credibility of our organization and the knowledge we generate and disseminate;
  • provide objective, accurate research as a base for new and expanding knowledge;
  • follow through on promises and commitments;
  • demonstrate our belief in what we say with actions that are consistent with our message;
  • maintain high standards of ethical behavior at all times.

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Communication

K-State Research and Extension is an organization that values:

COMMUNICATION, COOPERATION, and UNITY, including listening as well as speaking and writing, sharing information, and working together in a spirit of one organization.

We strive to:

  • recognize, value, and reward equitably all program areas, departments, subject matter
  • competencies, audiences, and systems, and their contributions to our organization and the public;
  • share information openly, honestly, and widely across a broad spectrum, unless confidentiality is required;
  • consider and respond respectfully to those expressing different perspectives on relevant issues;
  • recognize the ideas of others, participate as co-learners and co-teachers as part of an engaged university, and share credit for achievements;
  • communicate from the heart as well as the head.

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Scholarship

K-State Research and Extension is an organization that values:

SCHOLARSHIP and LIFELONG LEARNING, including excellence in discovery, application, integration, and synthesis of knowledge and its dissemination and use.

We strive to:

  • be a learning organization with a commitment to professionalism, professional development, and promotion of the relevance of our work to those outside the organization;
  • provide research-based and best practice information for informed decision-making;
  • use holistic, interdisciplinary, integrative, and preventive perspectives in addressing complex issues;
  • provide learning opportunities through the full span of life and across the range of human needs, using diverse and relevant delivery methods;
  • remember that education is not a solitary act, but an interactive process, and the best learning environments are filled with the synergy of people with diverse perspectives working together for the benefit of all.

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Leadership

K-State Research and Extension is an organization that values:

LEADERSHIP, COLLABORATION, and SERVICE, including vision, teamwork, customer-focused service, innovation, effective education, and shared goals and resources.

We strive to:

  • focus on emerging and current organizational and client needs;
  • strengthen citizen involvement in addressing complex issues, and collaborations and partnerships with other groups who share our goals;
  • use an approach characterized by open communication and collaboration;
  • carry out the opportunities and responsibilities of leadership, followership, and teamwork;
  • contribute to the broader community, state, nation, and world of which we are a part.

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Inclusion

K-State Research and Extension is an organization that values:

INCLUSION, incorporating respect and appreciation for diversity of involvement among clientele, co-workers, and stakeholders in decision-making, and in developing and promoting culturally responsible and responsive research, educational materials, and programs.

We strive to:

  • maintain an inclusive organization that respects the diversity of ideals, values, beliefs, and needs across the full range of the individuals we contact and work with;
  • honor and build upon differences in intellectual perspectives in addressing complex issues in research and education;
  • adopt and implement hiring practices and other system policies that promote fair and full participation by employees and clientele;
  • promote the acquisition of knowledge and cross-cultural competencies by employees and clientele, faculty, staff, and volunteers;
  • foster understanding and respect for cultural and ethnic heritages, as well as differences resulting from age, experience, interests, or socio-economic situations.

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