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Our Values

The guiding principles of CSE


CSE’s mission (reason to exist), vision (aspirations for the future), and values (a guide for our actions) are intended to articulate who we are and guide us as an organization. We are part of the larger communities of the College of Engineering and the University of Michigan, so our statements should be read together with the corresponding statements by the College and the University.



CSE’s mission is to shape the future of computing and benefit the world through excellence in education and research. Our vision is to lead in computing, support a welcoming community, and empower every individual to reach their full potential.

To accomplish our mission and realize our vision of the future, we recognize that our values are central. Here are ours:

H.A.C.K.S.

Honesty: Conduct ourselves with integrity and communicate with transparency and authenticity.

Achievement: Strive for academic excellence and celebrate personal and collective efforts and accomplishments.

Cooperation: Collaborate in work and learning, promote inclusion and mutual respect, encourage diverse perspectives, and look after each other.

Knowledge: Protect academic freedom, advance learning and scientific progress, and cultivate wisdom.

Service: Contribute to the well-being of our community and global society.