The Principles That Guide Our Actions 

The DFA principles are statements that provide guidance in decision-making and action-taking. They express a common set of values, shared by all, aligning how DFA employees approach and pursue shared goals. The principles help remove silos between work groups and promote teamwork through commonly defined key terms. These principles allow Finance and Administration teams to effectively support the university’s mission and strategic plan.


The DFA guiding principles are intentionally presented together with the university’s mission, vision, goals and core values to show they are the foundation of everything we do. The principles are deliberately structured so that they describe actions that support the outcomes we want to achieve (highlighted in bold text).


Based on feedback from OSU leaders, the division added a vision statement in spring 2022 that clearly connects the Framework for Success with OSU’s mission.

     Structured and inclusive decision-making generates effective results. 

     Clear and transparent communication conveys and confirms intent and respect for all stakeholders.

     Process consistency, balanced with flexibility, improves efficiency and effectiveness.

     Community safety and respect for all its members embodies our core values, and enables our mission. 

     Active stewardship of resources ensures the long-term success of the university. 

     Assessing and managing risk balances innovation and compliance.

     Clearly defined and integrated policies, standards and processes that remove institutional bias, coupled with
     appropriately delegated authority, empower employees and improve the satisfaction of all stakeholders.