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Mission Statement

The Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend offers high-quality, AACSB-accredited educational programs that provide business knowledge and develop skills that enable our diverse student body to succeed in a dynamic environment. We emphasize superior teaching and learning; greatly value scholarship; and engage in service to the wider community. As part of a state-assisted university, we serve as a professional resource committed to the economic development of our region. We strive for academic excellence through rigorous and relevant teaching; through an intellectually active faculty engaged in research that contributes to discipline-based scholarship, to practice, and to learning and instruction; and through extensive involvement in public, professional, and university service.

To our students, we offer outstanding instruction by dedicated faculty and well-established, affordable Indiana University undergraduate and graduate programs that meet the highest academic standards. As part of a comprehensive university system, we serve a broad range of students including traditional, non-traditional, minority, and international students who seek to compete in a global business environment.

To our faculty, we provide an intellectually stimulating environment that enhances teaching, research, and service.

To employers, we develop well-educated and ethically-aware graduates who contribute to and lead organizations in our region and beyond.

To our community at large, we serve as a highly regarded educational and training resource for current and future leaders, as well as a widely respected, responsive, and continuing professional partner. 

Vision Statement

The Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend aspires to be the best regional business school in the nation, recognized for academic excellence and for contributing to the overall development of our region and broader environment.

We will achieve this vision by:

  • Providing rigorous and relevant programs that are intellectually grounded, innovative, integrative, technologically advanced and global in perspective;
  • Preparing students for successful leadership roles;
  • Collaborating with stakeholders to align our teaching, scholarship, and service with the needs of the community; and
  • Serving as a primary source for creating and applying business knowledge to promote regional economic development.