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Mission, Vision & Values

Our Mission

Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas offers a two-year liberal arts (associate) degree program combining rigorous academics with comprehensive and culturally sustaining supports that prepare scholars to navigate and overcome social and financial barriers on their path to a four-year (bachelor's) degree.

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Our Vision

Dougherty Family College sets the standard for preparing historically underrepresented scholars to earn a future four-year degree, get on the path to a meaningful professional career and step into their role as transformative community leaders.

University of St. Thomas Land Acknowledgment

The University of St. Thomas recognizes that it occupies the ancestral and current homelands of the Dakota people, "Mni Sota Makoce". We also recognize the territory of the Ojibwe and Ho-Chunk whose lands are occupied by the State of Minnesota.