About Us

Vision and Goals 2012-2017

Vision

The Design and Merchandising Department is a recognized leader in cultivating innovative and socially responsible solutions to local and global human-centered opportunities and challenges in apparel, interior design, and merchandising.

Mission

An ongoing commitment to cultivating innovative and socially responsible solutions to local and global human-centered opportunities and challenges in apparel, interior design, and merchandising by:

  1. Creatively assessing issues and alternative viable solutions positively impacting quality of life for diverse stakeholders
  2. Addressing future societal needs by analyzing historic and current, as well as considering national and international perspectives
  3. Incorporating a pragmatic and socially responsible approach to teaching, research, and engagement
  4. Applying technology in pursuit of human-centered solutions to societal needs
  5. Designing industry-relevant products and services for diverse populations
  6. Balancing ethical and profitable product and service lifecycle management
  7. Enhancing students’ preparedness through experiential, collaborative, community and industry-based learning
  8. Fostering students’ intellectual curiosity, objectivity, independence, as well as their ability to critically evaluate information and to use resources in addressing problems
  9. Advancing interdisciplinary’ and global perspectives
  10. Maximizing opportunities enhancing and highlighting the principles of design