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Mission, Vision & Values


The CNU Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ITLE) seeks to study, develop and implement innovative, evidence-based approaches to teaching, with the goal of maximizing student engagement, critical thinking and information retention.


ITLE aims to unlock potential and transform the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live. We seek to ensure that CNU graduates are equipped and inspired to shape and respond to the opportunities and challenges of the twenty-first century. The Institute fosters dialogue, scholarship, innovation, and excellence in learner-centered teaching.

We see measurable excellence in the student experience and of student learning as the overall goals that frame our approaches to Learning and Teaching. ITLE is accordingly dedicated to ensuring that teaching and the learning environment are of the highest quality, and are enriched by scholarly research and the fruits of our clinical partnerships. Our approaches promote innovation and use technology that enhances learning and teaching.


Our work in teaching and learning directly aligns with the values of the Strategic Plan at California Northstate University – WE CARE

Working as a team

Embracing diversity and workplace excellence

Caring about our students, our staff, our faculty, and our profession

Advancing our university, our goals, and our discipline

Responding to challenges that may impede Mission

Enhancing communication and partnership