Foundational Documents


The Dean of Students has identified five foundational documents (consisting of texts, articles and statements) that compliment the Campus Life Mission statement and help to inform our approach to the work of Campus Life. All Campus Life employees are encouraged to read and become familiar and regularly review the messages contained in the Foundational Documents.

John, Welch W., and Don E. Norton, eds. Educating Zion. Provo, Utah: BYU Studies, 1996. 

Mission and Aims of a BYU Education

Blimling, Gregory S., and Elizabeth J. Whitt. Good Practice in Student Affairs Principles to Foster Student Learning (Jossey Bass Higher and Adult Education Series). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999. *A synopsis of the 7 Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs, including self assessment inventories, is also available online.

Maxwell, Neal A., …A More Excellent Way. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co., 1967.

Campus Life Mission Statement

As Campus Life employees and student affairs professionals, we provide services, programs, and activities that support:

  1. The mission of BYU
  2. The uniques environment at BYU
  3. The development of BYU students as future leaders in their homes and communities

How do we achieve our mission?

As Campus Life employees, we achieve our mission by primarily providing meaningful, out-of-classroom experiences that strengthen and reinforce academic, spiritual, personal, social, cultural, and recreational growth in the BYU student.

What is our primary goal?

As Campus Life employees, our primary goal is to assist BYU students as they become:

  1. Spiritually learned
  2. Academically educated
  3. Morally virtuous
  4. Service oriented