Mission Statement

Bringing together a committed community of professionals to collaborate and enhance their individual and joint endeavors in teaching, practice, research, and service to Valdosta State University, and to our regional and global communities.

Core Values of The IDEA Center

  • Collegiality
  • Collaboration
  • Creating a Culture of Excellence
  • Communication
  • Contemplation
  • Coordination of Activities
  • Cohesiveness
  • Community
  • Commitment
  • Innovation
  • Transformation

Vision and Scope of The IDEA Center

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed it‘s the only thing that ever has.” --Margaret Meade

The goals of the IDEA Center include but are not limited to the following:

  • To provide learning spaces for a community of professionals;
  • To provide opportunities for faculty and staff collaboration on ways to increase student learning and retention;
  • To assist faculty members in moving successfully through the promotion and tenure process;
  • To help educators to recognize and build on their strengths;
  • To foster interdisciplinary collaboration within professional communities;
  • To energize research across all disciplines and advance professional endeavors;
  • To help bring cohesiveness in learning across disciplines;
  • To provide a center for experiencing shared cultures in learning and research through instructional practice, reflection on educational principles, and exploring theories through periodic workshops, lectures, and symposia;
  • To provide space for enhancing professional and institutional development;
  • To provide access to a variety of education resources through the IDEA Center’s web site and campus location on Georgia Avenue;
  • To uphold the mission of the University, particularly in regard to the respect for individual dignity and our commitment to social justice;
  • To provide a safe refuge for the mind – a place to relax with a cup of coffee.